50th Anniversary of Kennedy Assassination : worldleaks
The United States of America is marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Friday with memorial ceremonies and minutes of silence across the nation.
President Barack Obama has placed flags across the United States to fly at half staff in honor of the late president, who was shot late in the third year of his first term in office.
Church bells will ring in Dallas, Texas — the southwestern city where President Kennedy was assassinated. There will also be moments of silence at locations significant in the life of the slain president, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough will read from some of Kennedy’s speeches.
The CBS television network will live-stream its original news newsletters from the event.
Obama has called his revered predecessor an “extraordinary public servant” who had broad vision and sober idealism. On Wednesday, Obama laid a coronal at President Kennedy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
Kennedy was about 1,000 days into his presidency and was just 46 years old when he was shot dead while riding in an open-top limousine. The fatal shot destroyed most of the president’s brain, shocking witnesses by its brutality.
The crime amazed the world and left even the president’s adversaries, such as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, grieving and speechless.
Most Americans spent the weekend in tears, watching the president’s young widow, Jacqueline, and the family’s two small children mourn publicly.
The president’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was shot dead in police custody on live television two days after the death of the president. His motive will likely never be known. Oswald was a former U.S. Marine who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959 but came back to the U.S. in 1962.
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