Downtown Dallas, Dealey Plaza, and visiting the grave of Stevie Ray Vaughan were among the places we visited during our short stay in Dallas.
The legendary guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughan, is laid to rest in Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas. Being a musician, Mike wanted to pay his respects while we were in the area. The cemetery was massive and contained several geocaches hidden in the peaceful gardens, so we enjoyed a brisk walk and found some treasures.
The drive through downtown Dallas was slow due to traffic issues. It did give us a chance to see some of the architecture and bridges, both new and old, as we passed through. Most photos were taken while moving, but we managed to catch some highlights.
One of the more sobering sites was Dealey Plaza where President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. We have watched many videos, documentaries, and conspiracy theories surrounding this sad event in our nation’s history. Being in the spot where it physically happened was tough. The day we were there, tourists were waiting on waning traffic so they could lay in the street posing with smiles by the X’s that mark the location of John F. Kennedy’s shooting–where the President of the United States took his last breath with the horrified First Lady at his side. The atrocity of the moment is immortalized in videos, and to witness people taking selfies at the infamous ‘X’ with duck lips, peace signs, and happy faces made me angry. Our goal is to see all historical landmarks, and I’m not sorry we toured Dealey Plaza–but it hurt my heart to observe fellow Americans visit the area with such lightheartedness and lack of respect.
Dallas is a beautiful city. It’s unfortunate a part of its history is shrouded in the tragic shooting of President Kennedy. Words cannot express the myriad of emotions when visiting this site of American history.
I will leave you with these words to honor a President who sacrificed all for the United States: