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Fifty years ago today John F. Kennedy assassinated
DALLAS, TX -- It was 50 years ago today that President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas.
Around the country people paused to remember the slain 35th president.
In Boston - the Kennedy Library marked the anniversary with a ceremony and the unveiling of never before seen items from his funeral.
While in Dallas people gathered on Dealey Plaza where President Kennedy was killed - for the city's first official memorial.
They marked the assassination with prayers, speeches and a military jet flyover.
People around the country came together, just as they did 50 years ago to honor the life of President John F. Kennedy.
At his burial site, a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery.
In Kennedy's hometown of Boston, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick laid a wreath at a statue of the slain 35th president.
In the House of Representatives, where Kennedy served from 1947 to 1953, a guest chaplain recalled his famous words.
"Help us, Lord God, to make the late president's inaugural vision our own so that together as fellow Americans we may ask, 'not what our country can do for us, but rather what we can do for our country."
In Dallas, where President Kennedy was assassinated about 5,000 people were invited to Dealey Plaza to commemorate the 50th anniversary.
He spoke to the point and with confidence. He knew words mattered. His words changed lives. His words changed history. Rarely has a Commander in Chief addressed a nation with such command of language.
Bells tolled throughout the city of Dallas, at 12:30pm - marking the moment President Kennedy was shot.
A new monument to the fallen president was unveiled.
With an inscription from the final paragraph of the speech JFK intended to deliver on that fateful day.
"Many older Americans we talked to say they felt a deep connection to President Kennedy and today a younger generation got to see why."