Devastation spread across the nation on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas, Texas. President Kennedy was en route here to the Dallas Trade Mart, to speak to 2,600 guests of the Dallas business community, when he was assassinated at Dealey Plaza by Lee Harvey Oswald. Guests were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the President accompanied by his lovely wife Jackie, when Dallas Market Center owner and developer Trammell Crow delivered the tragic news that the President had been shot on the way to the luncheon.

Trammell Crow makes the announcement at Dallas Trade Mart that President Kennedy has been shot on November 22, 1963.
President Kennedy’s empty seat at the Dallas Trade Mart Luncheon on November 22, 1963.

Fifty years later, we have not forgotten the events of this day. In remembrance of the speech that President Kennedy was unable to make that day in Dallas, The Unspoken Speech Project was developed. The community-driven project allows citizens of Dallas to honor President Kennedy, by delivering the speech in unique ways, one word and one citizen at a time. Seven installments craft individual segments of the speech to complete the Unspoken Speech. The last installment, “Lord Keep The City” features the South Dallas Concert Choir singing the conclusion of Kennedy’s speech here at the Dallas Trade Mart, in the exact same spot that Kennedy was to deliver it.

Dallas and other cities across the nation will host events to honor the 50th anniversary on November 22, 2013. Dallas will host a memorial service, The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy, in addition to events hosted by Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Texas Theater. To read more information about these events and to find an event near you, visit USA Today.
-Katie Hill