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Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dallas plans for 50th anniversary of Kennedy Assassination

Dallas and Fort Worth are gearing up, in a low-key kind of way, for thousands of visitors to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy.

Dallas will hold a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. on November 22, 2013, at Dealey Plaza, the exact time and place that the 35th President was gunned down.

The city has distributed 5,000 tickets to people chosen at random, but remote sites with big-screen TVs also will be set up so visitors can see the ceremony.

It will include the tolling of church bells, a moment of silence, and readings from Kennedy speeches by historian David McCullough.

To put a positive spin on one of the saddest of days in the lives of many Americans, a display of work of arts on the theme of Love will run throughout the city.

The 18-inch-by-18-inch pieces — created by a range of people including schoolchildren and seniors — will be on display along the Kennedy motorcade route and at other sites.

The Sixth Floor Museum in the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District, which commemorates the assassination and the Kennedy legacy in general, expects hundreds of visitors.

To help move the crowds, the city on November 4 will roll out a free downtown shuttle service that will remain in place after the anniversary for convention attendees and locals.

The free D-link buses will run from 11 am to 11:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.

They'll loop through and around downtown, the Arts District, Victory, Dealey Plaza and the Museum, the Omni Convention Center Hotel and across the Jefferson viaduct to Bishop Arts in Oak Cliff.

Fort Worth will mark the anniversary by re-staging Kennedy's Chamber of Commerce breakfast in what is now the Hilton Fort Worth, where a new JFK Tribute statue stands.

In Washington, meanwhile, a Kennedy collection already is on display at the Newseum.

"Three Shots Were Fired," offers more than 100 artifacts, including the first UPI report about the attack on the presidential motorcade, a collection of photos, "Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe," and a Newseum-produced film, A Thousand Days, newsworthy moments of JFK's short presidency.

The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 5, 2014, includes an interactive feature that allows visitors to share the defining "JFK moment'' in their own lives, be it the bombing of Pearl Harbor or the terrorist attacks of 9/11.


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