This President’s Day I had the pleasure of meeting with Charles Wade of Franklin, KY. He stopped in my office to pay me a visit as he had promised. We first met when he was visiting to pay tribute to a friend he had lost. I learned of his great story and hoped one day he would return to share with me thoughts and images from his role during his service to our country. He came bearing photo’s and memorabilia from a very sad time in our nation’s history; the assassination and funeral for President John F. Kennedy.
His story begins in the fall of 1963. Mr. Wade was 22 years old and was stationed in Washington D.C. His assignment was to provide 24 hour care to a fawn that would be given as a gift to the Kennedy children for Christmas, and would reside on the White House lawn. On the day of November 22, 1963 the nation learned of the death of then President Kennedy. Charles Wade’s assignment would soon grow to include that of a very somber task. He would be selected as a member of the elite group of servicemen that would serve as the mounted horsemen responsible for processing the president’s casket throughout it’s journey that would end at Arlington National Cemetery. The following images are of that procession. Mr. Wade can be seen as the mounted rider closest to President Kennedy’s caisson.
Mr. Wade, thank you for your service to our country and to our president.