• Short Summary

    OF ALL MEMORIAL SERVICES HELD FOR PRESIDENT KENNEDY, NONE WAS MORE TOUCHING THAN ONE HELD ON THURSDAY, (19TH DECEMBER) IN THE REMOTE MEXICAN VILLAGE OF HUIXQUILUPAN.

  • Description

    OF ALL MEMORIAL SERVICES HELD FOR PRESIDENT KENNEDY, NONE WAS MORE TOUCHING THAN ONE HELD ON THURSDAY, (19TH DECEMBER) IN THE REMOTE MEXICAN VILLAGE OF HUIXQUILUPAN. HIGH UP IN THE MOUNTAINS, 8,000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL. LIKE THE REST OF MEXICO, THE VILLAGE OBSERVED THREE DAYS OF OFFICIAL MOURNING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PRESIDENT'S DEATH, BUT FELT THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH. THEY DECIDED TO MAKE LAST THURSDAY ANOTHER DAY ON WHICH TO REMEMBER THE DEAD PRESIDENT.

    SHOPS REMAINED CLOSED, WITH BLACK RIBBONS NAILED OVER THE DOORS AS A SIGN OF MOURNING. FOR MOST OF THE DAY PEOPLE STAYED INDOORS, AND THERE WAS A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING NOT TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO OR WATCH TELEVISION - INDEED, IN MANY HOMES TELEVISIONS WERE COVERED WITH A BLACK CLOTH. DURING THE MORNING REQUIEM MASS WAS CELEBRATED IN THE VILLAGE CHURCH. ABOVE THE CHURCH THE MEXICAN FLAG FLEW AT HALF MAST, WHILE INSIDE A SYMBOLIC COFFIN DRAPED IN BLACK, WAS FLANKED BY MEXICAN AND UNITED STATES FLAGS, ALSO AT HALF MAST. THE CHURCH WAS FULL AND AS IN MOST PROVINCIAL PARTS OF MEXICO, WOMEN SAT ON THE OTHER. ACCORDING TO OUR CAMERAMAN, MANY IN THE CONGREGATION - INCLUDING ONE WOMAN - SURRENDERED THEIR GUNS DURING THE SERVICE. AN ENTIRE VILLAGE - NONE OF WHOM HAD EVER SEEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY - UNITED IN THEIR TRIBUTE TO A "GRAND HUMANIST. AN APOSTLE OF PEACE, A CATHOLIC AND A FRIEND OF MEXICO".

    (HUIXQUILUPAN GETS ITS NAME FROM THE AZTECS, WHO CALLED IT THE 'PLACE OF THE SPINY PLANTS' - A REFERENCE TO THE ABUNDANT MAGUEY CACTUS; FROM WHICH MEXICAN TEQUILA IS PRODUCED.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAQNQNX9PDC1CTKS79DNY0UZUN
    Media URN:
    VLVAQNQNX9PDC1CTKS79DNY0UZUN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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