Mourning a President – A Conversation with Major William F. Lee: Memories of a Sentinel
November 29, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.| $10
As a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1963, Major William F. Lee commanded the Silent Drill Platoon at the historic 8th & I Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. He led numerous ceremonies at the White House and Camp David during the Kennedy years, but his most memorable moment of service occurred immediately following the assassination.
Major Lee participated in the Death Watch rotations – sentry duty by the U.S. Armed Forces around the president’s casket – in the East Room of the White House and in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. This unique perspective allowed Lee the opportunity to silently observe both private moments of the Kennedy family as well as the grief of a nation as thousands paid their respects at the Capitol.
Lee wrote of his experiences during the Kennedy funeral in the 2007 book, The Boys in Blue White Dress. He will be signing copies of his book following the program.
$10 or included with Museum admission. Buy Tickets.