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Remembering President John F. Kennedy and Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit 50 Years Later

Ceremony to honor President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit, who died on November 22, 1963, at the hand of Lee Harvey Oswald

November 19, 2013

Washington, DC—For those who lived through it, November 22, 1963 is a date that most people will never forget. Often you’ll hear people say that they remember exactly where they were and how they felt when they heard the news: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will pay tribute to Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit and remember this seminal moment in our nation’s history, with a wreathlaying ceremony at 10:00 am, on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Though that day 50 years ago represents a moment that touched people across the nation, it hit close to home for the Dallas (TX) Police Department and Officer J.D. Tippit’s family. Officer Tippit was patrolling the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas when he received an urgent message from dispatch. What had started as an average day on the job, quickly shifted to one that required him to search for the president’s assassin. Noticing a man who matched the suspect’s description, Officer Tippit pulled over on the 400 block of East 10th Street to question him. The man pulled out a .38 revolver and shot Officer Tippit four times. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, leaving behind his wife, Marie, and three young children.

What: Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit Remembrance Ceremony
A brief ceremony, including the placing of a wreath, to honor Officer J.D. Tippit.
When: November 22, 2013 — 10:00 am
Where: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
400 Block of E Street, NW
Washington, DC
Who: Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd

“November 22, 1963 is a date that we will never forget,” said Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd. “In the midst of the chaos following President Kennedy’s assassination, Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit was killed while doing his job,” he said. “His service and sacrifice are forever honored and remembered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.”

Officer Tippit's name appears on Panel 63, Line 9, of the Memorial's East wall. Also named on that line are John Casey, New York City (NY) Police Department; John Kennedy, New York City (NY) Police Department; William Rich, Pratt (KS) Police Department; Larry Small, Maryland State Police; James Young, New York City (NY) Police Department; and Ernest Wessells, Metropolitan (DC) Police Department.

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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,981 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement in America through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts, and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

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Steve Groeninger
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