8 june 1968 & washingtonians remember, mourn robert f kennedy
#OTD 8 June 1968 Washingtonians mourn the death of Robert F. Kennedy, white, as his funeral procession wound through the city on its way to Arlington National Cemetery for the funeral and interment. Kennedy, assassinated during his Presidential campaign in Los Angeles, died on 6 June.
Olivia Cadaval remembers seeing the funeral procession pass by Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave NW). She was living at the nearby Commodore Hotel (520 North Capitol St NW) with her spouse and young child. They had recently moved to DC from Chicago.
Taquiena Boston, 14, remembers seeing the procession with her family. This is what she wrote in her diary:
"Compassion. This morning I watched the funeral of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. His family took it strongly. I must learn to do so in tragic happenings. Later this evening, my family went to the store where I got what I've always wanted: a ouija. It really works. I also found a rosary. At 8:40, my father, sister and I went to see the Kennedy funeral train. My father met some Philippine women who were very nice. They had tears in their eyes when the train went by. I saw almost everyone. His sons were in the back. They look just like him. They even waved. They're such loving people. God help them. When we got back home, I couldn't help but cry. I've been filled with new inspiration to walk with God and to serve the world. Even if I die in the end. "
Listen to her read her diary:
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor see the funeral procession and/or watch the funeral on tv? If so, where were you? Do you remember where you were when you heard that Kennedy had been shot? How did you hear the news? What did you do? Did you keep a diary in 1968? Do you remember seeing this poster? Do you have a copy? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Library of Congress. Copyright owned by Posters, Inc., Holyoke, MA, 1967.