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East Texans remember: 'America changed that day'

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East Texans look back 50 years ago. East Texans look back 50 years ago.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

"America changed that day," said Pam Rosenthal of Tyler, as she took a moment to look back fifty years ago. Rosenthal said she was 20-years-old when she heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. 

"It's never been the same, our innocence was gone. We spent the whole day in front of my black and white TV and listening to Walter Cronkite. We were all quiet and just watching and just couldn't imagine what was really happening and thirsty for more," Rosenthal explained. 

"People were crying and weeping and sad that this all had occurred, and essentially that something like this had happened on our soil," said Doug Ingram, who was in tenth grade when he heard over the school's intercom that America's president had been killed.  

His wife, Lynda Ingram, remembers it just as vividly. 

"I was in the tenth grade in Miss Dixie Donaldson's chemistry class, and it came across the loud speaker that the president had been shot," she said. 

"We saw the inauguration and everything; everyone was pulled into the auditorium, so it was very clear to us from junior high on that that was our president and so to see that happen, it really just shook you up," she said. 

Rosenthal said she feared the impact this would have on our nation. 

"We wanted justice, we wanted justice," Rosenthal said. 

Melinda Fleming and her mother both remember the day President Kennedy was assassinated and they believe it is important that younger generations learn of this loss. 

"It was a sad day that the president was killed, but I believe the Lord God created America and he's had his hand on the nation; it's for a plan and a purpose, America. And so, it was not destroyed that day. The American people are strong and we want to do what's good," Fleming said.

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