Local recalls JFK's visit to Tampa on 50th Anniversary

TAMPA (AP) - Days before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy had just wrapped up a trip to Florida.

He visited Cape Canaveral, Miami and made four stops along a 26-mile long route in Tampa. For Tampa, it was the first time a sitting president had ever visited and left people full of hope and joy.

Kennedy's trip to Tampa is the subject of a new documentary by a local filmmaker, and a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his visit to Tampa will be held Monday in the city.

Air Force one landed at MacDill Air Force base on November 18, 1963. It was a pivotal moment in Tampa's history.

During the president's visit to Tampa, then 16 year old, Tony Zappone followed the Commander-In-Chief around the city. He documented every stop JFK made that day with his camera. Now, 50 years later, Zappone has priceless images of the beloved young president who was assassinated just four days later.

Zappone joined ABC Action News in studio Sunday to reflect on JFK's visit and what it meant for the city.

To learn more about Zappone's book written about the day Kennedy visited Tampa visit www.jfktampa.com.

View the photo gallery of Zappone's photos of Kennedy here .

To learn more about the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination follow this link.

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