DALLAS, TX -- There aren’t many who can say they personally witnessed history unfold, Ernest Brandt can.
"I was standing right there, where that fella is standing, right there – when the first shot was fired,” Brandt explained. "Three seconds later, I heard the second shot. Then I knew it wasn’t a backfire. I got scared and started running for this tree, and I was running for the tree – I heard the third shot.”
It was November 22, 1963 – Brandt was among the masses who lined Elm Street in hopes of catching a glimpse of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
"I’ve got the same hat on that I was wearing on the day he was shot,” Brandt recalled.
He remembers every horrific and heartbreaking detail of that day; a day that forever links the city of Dallas to one of our nation’s darkest hours.
"He rounded the corner of Houston and Elm, he started down this way. People started clapping and some yelling to him, waving and he was casually waving back. When he got right in there, the first shot was fired – it hit him in the back of the neck,” Brandt said.
Brandt and others came to Dealey Plaza on Saturday to pay their respects on the 51st anniversay of JFK’s assassination.
"Deep down inside I’m really sorry about the whole thing.”
“This is a very emotional subject – talking to people here, crying, they remember when this happened," Karla Ceballos added.
A somber reminder of our country’s painful past, and a preservation of our history.