The coffin of American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is shown while laying in state in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol Building, just two days after his tragic assassination in Dallas, Texas. The US Capitol Building, Washington DC. November 24th 1963. The body and bronze coffin of President Kennedy was brought back to the White House at about 4:30 AM the previous day, where he was placed in a new mahogany coffin and then brought it to the East Room to lay in repose just like how President Abraham Lincoln did almost 100 years before. Kennedy's coffin also laid on the exact same catafalque that President Lincoln's coffin rested on. President Kennedy's coffin remained closed due to the horrific head wound Kennedy suffered. Jackie Kennedy, who was still wearing her famous blood-stained pink dress, hadn't left the side of her husband for the entire time, and only after the coffin was placed in the East Room did she finally retire to her private quarters. President Kennedy laid in the East Room for 24 hours with honor guards that included personnel from the United States Marines and United States Army Green Berets, and after a mass was said in the White House at 10:30 AM on November 23rd many in the government came to pay their respects. Among them were two living former US Presidents, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, but former President Herbert Hoover was sadly too ill to go. President Kennedy's coffin eventually was placed on the same horse-drawn carriage that carried the coffin of President Franklin Roosevelt after he died in 1945, and it began to slowly head down Pennsylvania Avenue to the US Capitol. 300,000 people were estimated to have watched the carriage as it went down the road. The coffin would stay in the US Capitol Rotunda until November 24th, when it would be solemnly taken to St. Matthew's Cathedral for a large funeral mass. Later that day, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was finally buried with honor in Arlington National Cemetery. His brother Robert would join him there in 1968, his wife Jackie in 1994, and another brother, Ted, in 2009. John and Jackie's two deceased babies, Patrick and Arabella, were also buried there with them.