DALLAS (AP) - The mayor of Dallas has honored John F. Kennedy's life
and legacy on the day marking 50 years since his assassination.
Mike Rawlings says the nation grew up on the day Kennedy died and had to live up to the challenges of the words and vision of a beloved president. Rawlings says Dallas has turned "civic heartbreak" into hard work and it is a much different place today.
He called Kennedy an "idealist without illusions who helped build a more just and equal world."
Rawlings' remarks were followed by a moment of silence and a tolling of bells.
Reverent memorials to mark JFK 50th anniversary
Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in
Dallas. And America is marking the anniversary with a ceremony in the
city's Dealey Plaza, and a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m., when Kennedy
In Washington, Barack Obama has ordered that flags be lowered at government buildings. Earlier this week Obama visited Kennedy's grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
The JFK Library and Museum in Boston will open a small exhibit of never-before-displayed items from Kennedy's state funeral.
DALLAS (AP) - Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, thousands will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza.
Friday's city-planned event in the place where JFK's motorcade passed through when shots rang out will feature brief remarks by the mayor, the tolling of church bells and readings from the president's speeches by author David McCullough.
It's a reverential approach that will be mirrored in Boston, where the JFK Library and Museum will open a small exhibit of never-before-displayed items from Kennedy's state funeral and host a musical tribute. In Washington, President Barack Obama will meet privately at the White House with leaders and volunteers from the Peace Corps program, which Kennedy created.
About 5,000 tickets were issued for the free ceremony in Dealey Plaza.
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