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Bridgeville Woman Got Letter From White House Day After Kennedy Assassination

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (WBOC) - Almost everyone who was alive in 1963 can remember exactly where they were when President John F. Kennedy was shot.

But a Bridgeville woman also vividly remembers the next day.

Peggy Salisbury says she and her friend Lynn were huge fans of the Kennedy family.

"We all just loved him." she said. "And we thought we'd write him a letter. Little did we know."

Little did they know just days after they wrote that letter JFK would be dead.

"Horror in our classroom," she said. "There was the loudspeaker. It came over the loudspeaker. It said, 'Attention, everybody. The President of the United States has just been assassinated.'"

Salisbury still has an old scrapbook of images from the Kennedy assassination. She'll never forget that day or the day after.

"I remember coming home and my mom said, 'You're not going to believe this. You just got a letter from President Kennedy.' I was like, 'Wow!'" Salisbury said. "It says that it was mailed the November 20. You can see the postage."

The reply from the White House, and somewhat from beyond the grave, included a card with Kennedy's signature and a note from his secretary.

"Dear Lynn and (Peggy), The president has asked me to thank you for the nice letter you sent him. He certainly appreciates your friendly thoughts and extends his best wishes to you. Sincerely Yours, Evelynn Lincoln."

"I think it made me feel better, because at least we got the response before he was assassinated," she said.

And for decades her mother held onto the letter.

"And I'm glad she saved it," said Salisbury.

So, that on the 50th anniversary of an event so terrible, Salisbury has it to look at.

"We had good. We had the good."

Salisbury says her mom contacted the Wilmington News Journal newspaper after the letter arrived. And she also held onto the clipping from the story the paper did back then.

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