Grassy knoll couple recall Kennedy assassination

DALLAS (AP) - Saturday marks the 45th anniversary since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

A couple whose efforts to shield their children after the gunfire became part of the JFK history.

Bill Newman and his wife, Gayle, settled on the lawn at Dealey Plaza a few minutes before Kennedy's motorcade glided by on Nov. 22, 1963.

Their two sons, 4-year-old Billy and 2-year-old Clayton, were in tow.

Newman says he thought he heard fireworks as JFK's black convertible approached.

But as the limo drew closer, Newman said he could see blood on Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally.

Newman says he told his wife: "Hit the ground."

Images of the Newmans shielding their boys drew international attention.

The Warren Commission concluded Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots at Kennedy's motorcade from the Texas School Book Depository.

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