A salute for a fallen hero and father – 1963
In one of the dozens of powerful images from the JFK assassination and following funeral is this image of 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. As his father’s funeral procession drives by, the toddler raised his hand to salute his dad one last time. The Kennedy clan had many losses of family before their time. JFK’s brother Robert was assassinated just a few years after this photo was taken in 1968. In another shocking twist, JFK Jr.(pictured here saluting) died with his wife when he was flying his airplane and encountered some engine trouble. He couldn’t correct the malfunction and crashed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He was only 39 years old.