SATURDAY November 23, 1963 Washington D C

The body of President Kennedy was brought back to Washington, D.C. and placed in the East Room of the White House for 24 hours. The state funeral took place in Washington, DC during the three days that followed the assassination.

On November 23, President Johnson issued his first proclamation, declaring November 25 to be a day of national mourning for the slain president.

On that Monday, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Washington to watch a horse-drawn caisson bear Kennedy's body from the Capitol Rotunda to St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral for a requiem Mass. The solemn procession then continued on to Arlington National Cemetery, where leaders of 99 nations gathered for the state funeral. Kennedy was buried with full military honors on a slope below Arlington House, where an eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave. See our blog entry for MONDAY November 25...above.

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