November 23, 2013

Anniversary of JFK’s assassination stirs quiet sadness

From Dallas to Dublin, governments and citizens pay tribute and people share memories of a day that changed them – and the world.

By Jamie Stengle And Nomaan Merchant
The Associated Press

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John F. Kennedy High School students from left: Liliana Navarro, Mohamed Alamy, Norman Dela Fuente and Joseph Robles participate in a moment of silence in remembrance of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago, in Granada Hills, Calif., on Friday.

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Gov. Deval Patrick, right, and L. Scott Rice, Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, lay a wreath at the State House statue of President John F. Kennedy, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Boston. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas 50 years ago today.

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In Boston, Gov. Deval Patrick and Maj. Gen. Scott Rice of the Massachusetts National Guard endured a heavy rain during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Kennedy statue on the front lawn of the Statehouse. The statue, dedicated in 1990, has been largely off-limits to public viewing since security procedures put in place after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But the area was opened to visitors Friday.

Both of Kennedy’s grandfathers served in the Massachusetts Legislature, and in January 1961 the president-elect came to the Statehouse to deliver one of his most famous addresses, which came to be known as the “City on a Hill” speech, just before leaving for his inauguration in Washington.

The tributes extended across the Atlantic to Kennedy’s ancestral home in Ireland.

In Dublin, a half-dozen Irish soldiers toting guns with brilliantly polished bayonets formed an honor guard outside the U.S. Embassy as the American flag was lowered to half-staff. An Irish army commander at the embassy drew a sword and held it aloft as a lone trumpeter played “The Last Post,” the traditional British salute to war dead.

More than a dozen retired Irish army officers who, as teenage cadets, had formed an honor guard at Kennedy’s graveside gathered in the front garden of the embassy to remember the first Irish-American to become leader of the free world.

Together with Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore and embassy staff, they observed a moment of silence and laid wreaths from the Irish and American governments in JFK’s memory.

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Members of the audience pause for the final prayer during a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Friday at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. President Kennedy’s motorcade was passing through Dealey Plaza when he was shot on Nov. 22, 1963.

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The U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club sings the The Navy Hymn to close out the ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Friday in Dallas. President Kennedy’s motorcade was passing through Dealey Plaza when shots rang out on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Attorney General Eric Holder, right, arrives to pay his respects at the grave of John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death. Holder has been visiting the grave since his youth, and would visit there with his mother before she passed away.

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Tatiana Schlossberg, granddaughter of President J.F. Kennedy lays a wreath at his memorial at Runnymede, England on Friday. A short ceremony took place at the JFK memorial which overlooks the site of the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215.

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