For those that lived through this tragic day the memories will never be forgotten. "50 years ago I was a freshman in college in Minnesota and some people came and told me the president had been shot and of course I did not believe them," said Darrell Mercie, His wife also remembers that day. "I remember Walter Cronkite coming over the intercom saying that President Kennedy had been shot," said Kitty Mercie.
Younger generations born after JFK was assassinated can probably tell you who he was, they also most likely know that he was assassinated, the one thing they might not be able to do, according to Kitty Mercie, is comprehend the magnitude of that tragic day."I think you almost have to live it and I think the closest thing for them would be one of the national disasters, 9-11 or Oklahoma City, or something like that," said Kitty Mercie.
The statue of President Kennedy in Rapid City was created by artist John Lopez in 2003. Lopez says Kennedy was his number one pick and he came up with the concept after seeing a picture in a magazine.