It's a question that's been asked over and over: Where were you when you found out President Kennedy was shot?
WDBJ 7 sat down with one local man who was just two blocks away when the horrific events unfolded that day.
Chuck Williams is a Texas native turned Roanoke resident and said when it comes to President Kennedy's assassination the mere mention of it tends to bring a tear to his eye.
Williams said politics were put aside that day as millions of Americans witnessed history in the making.
Williams said it's hard to erase the images from that tragic November day.
"I can't imagine a woman that strong to endure something like that,” he said when talking about how Jacqueline Kennedy handled that awful day in Dallas. “It's horrible and then everything after that. It was just an emotional three weeks for the whole country."
Williams was just 18 years old and working on a furniture loading dock when President Kennedy was shot and killed. He was working on a furniture loading dock in downtown Dallas and remembers smiling and waving as Kennedy's motorcade came through, but the events that quickly followed are some of his worst memories.
"It's like you didn't want to believe it,” he said. “I didn't want to believe that something like this could happen in our country."
But it did happen and Williams said he knew that day that America would never be the same.
"John Kennedy was like a magnet to people my age then. He knew how to speak the youth of the country and he made us want to be active in politics and active in our country and he accomplished that in his presidency. And we've never had one since like that and I don't think we ever will."
Williams said it didn't matter if you were a Republican or Democrat; Kennedy put the passion back into politics and gave hope that Americans could make a change.
"It hurt because Kennedy was a man that touched the youth in this country. He got them to believing in the country even in the time and era of the Vietnam War."
Williams has since moved from Texas and now calls Roanoke home, but no matter how many years go by, he said he will always remember that day and the mark Kennedy left on the American people.
"It's an emotional thing,” said Williams. “I think back 18 years old, 50 years ago. It don't seem like that long but it's been long and it will always be in my heart and mind I think about it every year when this time rolls around."
Williams said Kennedy was not liked in Dallas, or the entire state of Texas for that matter, but said he came there to try and change that and lost his life doing it.