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On November 23, 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s body was returned to the White House.  The body had been under autopsy at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.  The body was carried in a white ambulance and the casket was covered with an American flag. 

Inside the White House, the casket was placed in the center of the East Room which had been decorated in black per Ms. Kennedy’s wishes.

All day, Saturday, government employees,  friends and relatives paid their respects as the body lie in state. 

Meanwhile in Dallas, suspect Lee Harvey Oswald was being held in Dallas City Jail.  He was charged with the murders of President Kennedy and Dallas Police office J.D. Tippit.


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