Marceal Clark of Gilmer was recently contacted by the Texas Archive of Moving Images (TAMI) telling her they are featuring one of her home movies in a curated collection about the JFK assassination.
“They asked for my memories of that day, and our visit to Dealey Plaza the day afterward when we filmed the home movie,” she told The Mirror.
It will be aired on their website (www.texasarchive.org) this month commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. Debate date is expected to be this Friday, Nov. 15.
Mrs. Clark has shared the memories she sent to TAMI with Mirror readers.
By MARCEAL CLARK
““We interrupt this program. . . .” On Nov. 22, 1963, a shocked nation heard these words from the media and in stunned disbelief watched the unfolding story of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Felled by an assassin’s bullet, the life of the youngest American ever to be elected president was snuffed out in Dallas, Texas.
Not only was our president assassinated and our governor wounded, but, as a nation, we felt that our very freedom was attacked: the freedom to choose our leaders, the freedom to live in peace under their leadership.
True freedom depends on justice and order, and on the restraints imposed by living with other people. This freedom was mocked, made fun of and trampled by a cowardly attack that felled our president.
Nervous questions arose: Was this the work of one man, or is there an unknown conspiracy determined to undermine our freedoms and to overthrow our government? Dallas police arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, but are there faceless others lurking behind the facade of respectability? Questions with no answers.
We, as a nation, wanted answers that did not come. Nevertheless, amidst devastation, the resiliency of the American people to rally under pressure was once again demonstrated across our great nation.
When the news of the assassination was first flashed across the television screen, I was busy packing for a professional business trip to Fort worth that my husband (the late Cecil Camp) and I were planning to make the following day.
I remember putting aside the packing until late in the night, as we watched the unbelievable images that were being flashed around our nation. We watched the awe-inspiring transfer of power s Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office administered by Judge Sarah T. Hughes aboard the presidential plane at Love Field in Dallas.
On the way to Fort Worth the following day, we went by Dealey Plaza to take some home movie shots of the assassination site and the Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald had stood and fired those fatal shots.
We had mixed emotions as we filmed those movie clips: sad because of the reason we were there, yet knowing we were on the very site and of history in the making. We wanted our children and grandchildren to have a first-hand account of what we saw and felt that fateful day.
On our film, we captured for posterity, not only the assassination site, but also clips of Lee Harvey Oswald as he appeared on the television screen that day. We were awed as we captured the inspiring site of countless American flags flying at half-mast in honor of our felled president.
The flag, our national symbol of freedom, reminds us anew of the sacrifice and price that freedom demands and the responsibility we have as a nation to preserve that freedom for Americans yet unborn. The greatest glory of a free people is to transmit that freedom to our children.
This is a time for courage and a time of challenge. Neither fanatics nor the fainthearted are needed. . . Let us stand together with renewed confidence. . . .” (Excerpt from a speech that JFK was scheduled to deliver that day.)