Iconic Picture Of 3-Year-Old John F. Kennedy Jr. Saluting His Father's Coffin Is Still Moving 55 Years After The Notorious Tragedy
November 22, 1963 is a notorious day in history for a very sad reason. It was the day that the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated during a ride in a presidential cortege In Dallas.
He left behind the army of supporters, his wife Jacqueline and his 3-year-old son, John. Three days after his death, during the funeral procession, that little fellow saluted his late father’s casket at St. Matthew's Cathedral.
Photographer Dan Farrell managed to capture that heartbreaking moment. Since then, it been imprinted in history as one of the most moving and significant moments for American people.
Not only does it represent the loss and grief of the family and the nation, but also honor and pride. The 25 of November, the day of Kennedy’s funeral, was ironically his son’s 3rd birthday.
The next day, the iconic image appeared on the cover of the Daily News. Farrell is now saying:
I knew it was a good picture. This I knew. But I didn't know to what extent it would be. I'm just glad my emotions didn't take over when I was trying to take the picture.
That young man, often referred to as John-John Kennedy or just JFK Jr, became a lawyer, a journalist and a publisher. His life on Earth wasn’t long. In 1999, the world lost another Kennedy, as JFK Junior was found dead after his plane crashed.
Farrel commented on the shot that made him so famous:
It was the saddest thing I've ever seen in my whole life.
We can’t agree more. The mourning of the whole nation was mixed with the same pride embodied in that 3-year-old boy giving the last salute to his dad’s coffin.
That picture is still stirring even 55 years after the tragedy.