HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY)-President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, 50 years ago today. And the nation is remembering the historic figure, and a life cut short. That includes a local man.
In 1963 Doctor Emmanuel Saunders was front and center when President Kennedy's body was lying in state on capital hill in Washington D.C.
Saunders and several of his classmates from Howard University waited five hours in the cold to view the Presidents coffin. The group later walked ten miles to Arlington Cemetery to watch the burial.
Saunders says it was important to him to witness history because he admired the Presidents work in civil rights.
"It was a remarkable event in American history and I just wanted to be a part of it. As a student of history and to know that this event was
making history, it became natural. Just to know that you are going to be part of it" Saunders said.
Dr Saunders taught history at Oakwood University for thirty years. Saunders says his experience witnessing President Kennedy's burial is something he shared many times with his students when he was teaching.