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Louisville remembers 50th anniversary of Kennedy assassination

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For a moment Friday afternoon, the city of Louisville paused to remember one of the greatest tragedies of American history.

The bells tolled at City Hall at 1:30 p.m., the time 50 years ago in Dallas when an assassin's bullets struck President John F. Kennedy.

Mayor Greg Fischer called Kennedy an "inspiration to the nation."

But the anniversary of his death means different things to different generations.

For some, the assassination of John Kennedy is ancient history. For others a vivid memory. That was apparent today at Kennedy Elementary.

"I remember the specific room I was in when they made the announcement," said Judy Gulden, who was a freshman in high school On Nov. 22, 1963.

"It was like time stood still there for just a little bit," she said.

50 years later, Judy is back in school, a school named in honor of the slain president. She came with her family to watch grandson Quinn portray John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy Elementary staged the production, to help these students grasp a bit of history, explained teacher Janice Sidebottom.

"Those of us who were around then, we don't want that history lost," she said.

It was not lost on the three generations of the Gulden family in the audience. Each left with different impressions shaped by time.

"In 1963, it was a period in time when the whole nation mourned and cried," said Quinn's grandfather, Terrie Gulden 

"You can still feel how much that event has shaped generations before me," added Quinn's father John, who was born in 1977.

"We all have a role to play in shaping this nation, and days like this help us to think about that," said Quinn's mother, Noelle.

"I'm glad that Quinn got to be part of this, and I'm glad he's learning about history," said Judy.

Because lessons learned from the past can help shape the future.

"His wife wanted only thing -- a flame to glow and never go out," said Quinn.

At Kennedy Elementary, lessons are still being learned 50 years later.

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