DEARBORN (WWJ) – They came by the hundreds to Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn — filing past the Presidential limousine in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.
Lynn Anderson of Clinton Township came dressed in a light pink suit, gloves and pill-box hat; a style popularized by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
This is my tribute to a really great lady Anderson said. She had to endure quite a bit …
“What she had to endure that day was so monumental, so tragic. I can’t blame the woman for taking it to her grave. She had a chance to do a tell-all. She could have done all the secrets. She did not. She was courtesy and grace to the end. Very gracious and never, ever revealed it,” said Anderson.
Anderson was at school in Kentucky the day President Kennedy was shot.
It wasn’t until her mother explained what had happened that Anderson understood why students were sent home.
Although, Detroiter Roosevelt Smith was just a third grader at the time, he says he has vivid memories of how he and his fellow students were alerted to the assassination:
“…the janitor rushing into the room shouting President Kennedy just got shot in the head. And, I can recall them sending us home; dismissing us from school. I went home and my mother was just absolutely hysterical,” said Smith.
Smith is a big fan of President Kennedy as much for what he stood for – as his courage.