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November 21, 2013

Former Speaker Wright recalls witnessing JFK's assassination

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WEATHERFORD, Texas —

A few minutes later, said Wright, he and others were informed that Kennedy had died.

"A man came up to me with a microphone and wanted me to make a comment, but I just couldn't express myself," he said. "I've been in war, been overseas, been in combat missions, and that was bad, but something about this was just devastating.

"I've never experienced anything quite like that."

Three days later, Wright attended the Requiem Mass held for Kennedy at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

"He was so vivacious and full of life and upbeat. He truly was a beloved president," said Wright. "I truly believe that Kennedy may have been the most inspirational of all of our presidents."

Then, as if a last thought, Wright added: "It's very hard to believe that it has been 50 years."

Sally Sexton writes for The Weatherford (Texas) Democrat.

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