Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Obamas, Clintons to visit JFK grave site on Wednesday

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will visit John F. Kennedy's grave site and honor two of Kennedy's lasting initiatives as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of his assassination this week.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will be accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Also that day, Obama will be joined by scores of prominent Americans who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in paying tribute to Kennedy's legacy.

Kennedy established the modern version of the medal, the highest award the U.S. bestows on civilians, in the months before his death. He was killed two weeks before he planned to honor the inaugural group of recipients.

Since then more than 500 have received the medal. Obama will present the award Wednesday to the 2013 recipients, including Bill Clinton.

On Wednesday evening, Obama plans a speech on Kennedy's legacy of service with a dinner at the Smithsonian American History Museum attended by current and past recipients of the medal.

Friday marks 50 years to the day since Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas. Obama will meet at the White House that day with leaders and volunteers from the Peace Corps program Kennedy established.

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