After the funeral mass, President Kennedy's coffin is placed on a horse-drawn caisson outside.

President Kennedy’s funeral was held on Monday 25 November 1963 in Washington DC.

The funeral party on the steps of St Matthew’s Cathedral after the mass. President Kennedy’s coffin is carried down the steps and placed back on the horse-drawn caisson which bore him to the cathedral. This gun carriage will now bear him to Arlington National Cemetery. The proceedings are watched by the president’s family: his widow Jacqueline, children Caroline and John, mother Rose and brothers, Ted and Robert. 3-year-old John can be seen saluting his father’s coffin.

The commentator Michael O’Hehir describes the scene. He thinks that 6-year-old Caroline may have a grasp of what is really happening today, but not little John. He says that "Caroline stares, rather vacantly at times, at the coffin in front of her. The little boy dances around and jigs around as little boys do."