Thousands of students on college campuses across the nation gathered today to honor the memory of former president John F. Kennedy. 50 years ago today the civil rights leader and POTUS was slain while riding in a parade processional. Several universities, campuses and organizations while hold screenings and exhibits to commemorate the event.

From USA Today:

Although many of their parents aren’t even old enough to remember President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, college students across the country are commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death.

Many older Americans can remember exactly where they were when they heard the news of the shooting. Today’s college students may not have been alive on Nov 22, 1963, but museum exhibits and ceremonies planned for Friday will remind students of the meaning the event still has today.

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In Washington, Kennedy’s last living sibling participating in a wreath-laying ceremony in commemoration of his death. Jean Kennedy Smith kicked off the day of remembrance at JKF’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with firing three rifle shots from the sixth floor window of the Book Depository as Kennedy road in the parade, killing the President and seriously wounding Texas Governor John Connally. Although he was captured, Oswald was gunned down by Dallas nightclub operator Jack Ruby.

While John F. Kennedy’s time in office may have been cut short, his legacy will live on forever.