Friday, April 20, 2018

Solemn events to mark JFK's assassination

In the place where President Kennedy's motorcade passed through and shots rang out on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, a solemn ceremony is planned for today on the 50th anniversary of the assassination. It's an approach that will be mirrored at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston.

DALLAS

About 5,000 tickets were issued for the free ceremony in Dealey Plaza. Today's event will include readings from the president's speeches by historian and author David McCullough. In a nod to Kennedy's military service, the U.S. Naval Academy Men's Glee Club will perform, and there will be an Air Force flyover. A moment of silence will be observed at 12:30 p.m. CST, when the president was shot.

• At Parkland Memorial Hospital, where Kennedy was declared dead, a ceremony is planned to lower the U.S. flag to half-staff.

• The Coalition on Political Assassinations, a group of conspiracy theorists, usually marks the anniversary by gathering on the "grassy knoll'' at Dealey Plaza, but they will gather a few blocks away this year and then move to their usual spot after the ceremony. Ten members of the group are expected to attend the official observance.

FORT WORTH

The Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast at the hotel where Kennedy gave his last speech and spent the last night of his life.

BOSTON

The JFK Library and Museum will open a small exhibit of never-before-displayed items from Kennedy's state funeral and will host a musical tribute that will be closed to the public. The private musical tribute will feature Paul Winter, who performed at the White House with his jazz sextet during Kennedy's presidency, along with a U.S. Navy choir and singer James Taylor. Other notable guests at the event, which will be streamed on the library's website, include Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who is scheduled to read quotes from Kennedy's speeches.

WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama will meet privately at the White House with leaders and volunteers from the Peace Corps, which Kennedy established. Obama also has ordered flags at government buildings to be lowered to half staff today.

Associated Press

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