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Somber nation marks 50th anniversary of JFK death

9:00 PM, Nov 22, 2013   |    comments
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DALLAS (AP) - A plaque unveiled today in Dallas' Dealey Plaza contains the last paragraph of the speech that President John F. Kennedy was set to give at a luncheon on the day he was assassinated.

In it, Kennedy notes that Americans are "watchmen on the walls of world freedom" and must strive to be worthy of that power and try to achieve peace.

The 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death was marked with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza and elsewhere around the country. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings calls Nov. 22, 1963 a day "when hope and hatred collided." He said Kennedy and Dallas "will forever be linked in tragedy."

At Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, JFK's only surviving sibling, Jean Kennedy Smith, laid a wreath at her brother's grave. She was accompanied by about 10 members of the Kennedy family.

And in Tokyo, the U.S. Embassy says U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy commemorated the anniversary of her father's death privately.

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