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National Archives at Boston offering JFK remembrance

Posted by Tom Coakley  November 15, 2013 11:32 AM

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The National Archives at Boston will hold a ceremony commemorating the presidency of John F. Kennedy at its Waltham headquarters on Thursday, the day before the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination.

According to a press release, the event will feature the United States Navy Band Northeast Top Brass Quintet for an evening of music and reflection. In addition ,actor Michael Hammond will present selected poems and Jeanne M. Lenza, Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year, will reflect on JFK’s life and legacy.

"Fifty years ago, our country was profoundly changed by the death of our president John F. Kennedy,'' the press release reads. "Part of the legacy of President and Mrs. Kennedy was a deep encouragement of the arts, particularly music and poetry"

The press release continues: "Kennedy was a navy veteran, and it is fitting that five of our nation’s finest musicians will perform in his honor."

In addition, on display are photographs of President Kennedy and his family, many of them iconic images from the National Archives.

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m at the National Archives and Records Administration building, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham. There is ample free parking and handicap access.

This program is suitable for all audiences, including families. Registration is requested. To register email boston.education@nara.gov, or call 781-663-0130.

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