Tuesday marks anniversary of President JFK's first and only visit to San Antonio

President was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas

Courtesy: JFK Presidential Library and Museum
Courtesy: JFK Presidential Library and Museum

SAN ANTONIO – Tuesday marks the 54th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s first and only visit as president to San Antonio.

It also marks the last full day he was alive.

He was in town to dedicate the new Aerospace Medical Health Center at Brooks Air Force Base.

It was a whirlwind trip that thrilled thousands of San Antonians.

Everywhere the president went, a crowd would gather, if only to watch his motorcade drive by.

"To see him live in color and Mrs. Kennedy and that big black car and all the Secret Service, it was pretty exciting," Kenneth Pruitt said.

At one point, the motorcade left Broadway Street and passed right in front of Cambridge Elementary. There students and teachers came outside, lining the sidewalk.

Pruitt was one of those kids. Five decades later, he is now teaching at the same school.
He still takes time to talk about the importance of the visit -- when there was such hope for the future and a presidential motorcade was cause to cancel classes and work. And clap along the sidewalks of San Antonio.

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