US commemorates John F. Kennedy's 50th death anniversary
November 23 , 2013
Americans commemorated the 50th anniversary of Former President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas' Dealey Plaza yesterday. Memorial services recalling the incident that shocked the nation on 22nd November, 1963, were led by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings who read the final words of the speech that President Kennedy was supposed to deliver that day. At 12:30 pm, the exact time Kennedy was shot, a moment of silence was observed. Other commemorative events were held in John F. Kennedy's home town of Boston and at the Arlington National Cemetery where his last living sibling, Jean Kennedy Smith, participated in the wreath-laying ceremony.
Flags flew at half-staff over the Capitol and White House in Washington D.C, and a new monument to President Kennedy was unveiled on the "grassy knoll" in Dallas. Inscribed on the monument is the final paragraph of the speech JFK was to deliver at the Dallas Trade Mart on 22nd November, 1963.