By Jamie Stengle
DALLAS (AP) - Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, thousands will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, through which the presidentís motorcade passed when shots rang out.
Fridayís event will feature brief remarks by the mayor, the tolling of church bells and readings from the presidentís speeches by author David McCullough.
Itís a reverential approach that will be mirrored in Boston, where the JFK Library and Museum will open a small exhibit of never-before-displayed items from Kennedyís state funeral and host a musical tribute that isnít open to the public, and in Washington, where President Barack Obama will meet privately at the White House with leaders and volunteers from the Kennedy-established Peace Corps program.
The committee convened by current Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to plan the cityís event wanted to focus ďin a positive way more on the legacy of President Kennedy,Ē said Ron Kirk, a former mayor and member of the panel.
About 5,000 tickets were issued for the free ceremony in Dealey Plaza, which is flanked by the Texas School Book Depository building where sniper Lee Harvey Oswald perched on the sixth floor. The U.S. Naval Academy Menís Glee Club will perform in a nod to Kennedyís military service and there will be an Air Force flyover. A moment of silence will be held at 12:30 p.m., when the president was shot.
Numerous events were held around Dallas this year to mark the milestone anniversary, including panels with those who were there that day, special concerts and museum exhibits.