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Nashville family finds rare footage of JFK motorcade

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President Kennedy visits Colorado (Image courtesy Mike Bohan) President Kennedy visits Colorado (Image courtesy Mike Bohan)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

This week marks a somber anniversary in American history. President John F. Kennedy was killed 50 years ago Friday, and the date has many people reflecting on that national tragedy.

This includes one Nashville family who feels a personal connection to President Kennedy after they discovered a piece of history buried in a box.

Although just a boy at the time, Mike Bohan remembers all too well one of the darkest days in our nation's history.

"I was very close by. I was actually living in Richardson, TX. That's a northern Dallas suburb," Bohan said. "We were in Ms. Britton's 4th grade class, and they came over the PA system and told everybody to turn on the TVs and that the president had been shot."

Little did this self-proclaimed JFK buff know he would have a personal connection to the president.

Earlier this summer, Bohan's mother-in-law gave him a tape of his wife's family home movies.

"She found it in a closet and was going to throw it away," Bohan said.

After sitting on the mantle for months, the couple decided to pop the tape in the VCR and got quite a surprise.

"There he is in the limousine, that famous pose we've seen so many times," Bohan said.

The collection included 8mm film footage captured by Bohan's wife Marion's uncle of President Kennedy's trip to Pueblo, CO, on Aug. 17, 1962.

"It was a total surprise," Bohan said.

Not only did Marion Bohan's uncle see Kennedy, he met him, too.

"There was a chain-link fence. He goes up there and he shakes everybody's hand - every hand that he can. And he was so friendly and accessible and friendly to everybody," Mike Bohan said.

The old forgotten family footage is now a national treasure.

"Don't throw away anything. Keep everything, because you may have some buried treasure in there," Mike Bohan said.

He says he plans to give the footage to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

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