AUGUSTA — Flags are flying at half-staff in Maine as the nation remembers President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Gov. Paul LePage directed that U.S. and Maine flags be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday, following a proclamation issued by President Barack Obama to honor Kennedy’s memory and “celebrate his enduring imprint on American history.” Obama says Kennedy’s vision for the U.S. and the world lives “in the generations he inspired.”

Kennedy, a native of Massachusetts, was assassinated during a visit to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.