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City, Nation Mark 50 Years Since JFK Assassination

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New Yorkers paused Friday to remember President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago in Dallas, Texas.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held earlier in the morning at Kennedy's gravesite at Arlington National Ceremony.

A memorial service was also held in Dallas.

A moment of silence was held at 12:30 p.m., the time that Kennedy was shot.


The nation's 35th president was riding in a motorcade with his wife Jacqueline on November 22, 1963 when he was hit by gunfire in Dealey Plaza.

Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office after Kennedy died.

Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for killing Kennedy, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later.

The Warren Commission concluded that Oswald acted alone, but conspiracy theorists have questioned the official story ever since.

President Barack Obama visited Kennedy's gravesite on Wednesday.

The president has proclaimed it a Day of Remembrance in Kennedy's honor and ordered all government buildings to lower their flags to half-staff.

Here in the city, Cardinal Timothy Dolan led a mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in which parishioners prayed for Kennedy.

Some of those attending shared their memories.

"I was working in a salon in Central Park South when we heard the word. I used to love him so much," said one New Yorker.

"It was just a very emotional, very very emotional situation," said another New Yorker.

The late president was mentioned in at least two masses at Saint Patrick's Friday.

Web Extra: Remembering JFK From The Nation's Capital


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