KENNEWICK, WA-- Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
An entire generation of Americans have very vivid and emotional memories of the day he was shot.
All the people NBC Right Now spoke with Friday shared how shocked they were by the news and the sadness that was felt across the country.
They all remembered exactly where they were when they found out.
One woman told me about the raised security at the military base where she lived. Another described how she had to pull off the road when she heard the news on the radio. One man told me he was teaching and that he spent the rest of class talking with students about the terrible loss. Another was disappointed in the security of our country.
"We thought, my goodness, what's happening to our country of America when our president is shot?" said Don Murri.
"I was disappointed because it shouldn't happen to any man, let alone the president," said George Bauer.
"He was the only democrat I ever voted for and I loved him. I thought he was great. He had so many plans and he was so young. It just seemed such a terrible thing to have happen," said Norma Williams.
"My older son came home from Kindergarten crying his eyes out. 'Mama, they shot our president,'" said Annabelle Wall.
They also talked about the somber state our country fell into following the assassination as the nation mourned JFK's death.