Dallas Mayor And Leadership Committee Announce 'The 50th' Memorial To JFK
DALLAS, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 50(th) Committee, consisting of 25 local civic leaders, in cooperation with the City of Dallas, announced today plans for a serious, understated and respectful public memorial in tribute to our nation's 35(th) president. "The 50(th): Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy" will take place at 12:25 p.m. on November 22, 2013 at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, where the President was assassinated in 1963.
"This is an event to honor the remarkable life and legacy of the leadership of President John F. Kennedy," said Mayor Michael S. Rawlings, Honorary Chairman of "The 50(th" )committee. "His death forever changed our city, as well as the world. We want to mark this tragic day by remembering a great President with the sense of dignity and history he deserves."
The first designated event that Dallas as a city has ever held in Kennedy's memory, "The 50(th)" will be a concise and reflective observance, starting with the tolling of church bells throughout the city and a moment of silence. Renowned Presidential historian David McCullough will give special readings from JFK Presidential speeches.
President Kennedy - a U.S. Navy veteran - will be honored by the internationally-acclaimed, 73-member U.S. Naval Academy Men's Glee Club. Religious leaders will offer prayers and a benediction, and a military flyover will also take place. Michael A. Jenkins, president and managing director of Dallas Summer Musicals, is producing the memorial.
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