JFK Remembered in the Basin

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - 47 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. But in the Basin, his life is being celebrated.

The life and death of JFK has captivated Americans for decades now.

That trend continued on Monday in West Texas.

The Presidential Museum isn't usually open on Mondays, but they opened their doors in honor of an American legend.

"I think every anniversary is a time to remember," Museum Director, Charles Cotton, said.

In a museum that was already dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, history jumped off the page with old newspapers, photographs, portraits, and notes all from the tragic day of his assassination.

"I think the exhibit is simply more to remind people of the legacy of President Kennedy. We have several portraits of President Kennedy, we also have several pictures," Cotton said.

Every piece of the exhibit tells the same 47-year-old story, but it's still powerful nonetheless.

As people look at the old faded faces and words, they remember and reflect on the growth of our country.

"It had to do with the time in which we were living," Cotton said. "And the love affair that the American people were having with both the President and his family."

That consistent fascination is just fine with Director Cotton. He's counting on it to cement our past in order to protect our future.

"If we don't recall our history, and we don't know where we come from, how do we know where we're going?" Cotton said.

The JFK exhibit runs until December 3rd and is free and open to the public.

The last day of the exhibit will also feature a lecture from Hugh Aynesworth, the former Dallas Morning News reporter, who was on the parade route when the President was shot.