November 23, 1963
JFK’S BODY LIES IN STATE IN EAST ROOM
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) At 4:30 this morning, the remains of the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, arrived at the White House.
The flag-draped coffin was carried into the White House & placed in the East Room by an honor guard representing the major branches of the United States military.
Per Jacqueline Kennedy’s instructions, the East Room was decorated in black crepe & her husband’s coffin was placed in the center on the same catafalque which had been used for President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
JFK’s body is to lie in state at the White House all day & night. It will be transferred in the morning by caisson to the Capitol where it will lie in state in the Rotunda.
At 10 this morning, a private mass was held for the President’s family & close friends at the White House.
The day of burial has been set for Monday, November 25 which President Lyndon B. Johnson declared today to be a day of national mourning.
At one point this morning, the late President’s personal effects were removed from the Oval Office although President Johnson reportedly will not move in until the day after JFK’s funeral.