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Boston events remembering John F. Kennedy, 50 years after his assassination

Posted by Katie McLeod  November 21, 2013 05:07 PM

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50 years after President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, events will be held in Boston throughout the weekend in remembrance.

FRIDAY, NOV. 22

A Nation Remembers: A Tribute to President John F. Kennedy
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (located on Boston’s Columbia Point) will live-webcast a concert and tribute in the late president’s memory. Singer-songwriter James Taylor will be present, as will Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Sextet, the first jazz group ever invited to play at the White House (they were invited there by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962). Governor Patrick will read quotes from Kennedy’s speeches. The webcast will be shown at www.jfklibrary.org from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

A Special Display of Artifacts from the President’s Funeral
Also at the JFK Library, an exhibit featuring a selection of items from Kennedy’s funeral will open Friday and run through Feb. 23, 2014. Items include the flag draped over his coffin, the saddle, sword, and boots worn by the riderless horse that followed the funeral procession, and Jacqueline Kennedy’s notes on the planning of the somber event. There will also be historic film footage and photos from that day. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Columbia Point, Boston, 617-514-1600.

SUNDAY, NOV. 24

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site ceremony
The birthplace of the 35th president, located in Brookline and maintained by the National Park Service, will hold a brief ceremony with a wreath laying. President Johnson’s 1963 National Day of Mourning Proclamation will be read, and local religious leaders will offer their reflections. If you can’t make the ceremony, the site will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, 83 Beals Street, Brookline.

MONDAY, NOV. 25

Monday Night Film Series: Remembering John F. Kennedy
The Boston Public Library will show the 2000 Kevin Costner film “Thirteen Days,” directed by Roger Donaldson, which details President Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The film will be shown for free in the Rabb Lecture Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. 6 p.m. – 8:25 p.m., 700 Boylston St., Boston.

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