JFK's life, legacy to be celebrated on his centennial

02 June, 2017, 07:10 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • JFK's life, legacy to be celebrated on his centennial

Just as the 50th anniversary in 2013 of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy prompted a wave of coverage about his life, so, too, will the marking on Monday, which is Memorial Day, of what would have been his 100th birthday.

A flyover will also take place over the library.

(AP Photo). FILE - In this December 18, 1961 file photo, President John F. Kennedy heads for Washington after an overnight stopover in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he rested after his Latin American tour due to a heavy cold. It will be available nationwide in Post Offices February 21.

The new exhibit at the library features 100 original artifacts, documents and photographs from his personal and political career.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III gave the keynote speech at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site - JFK's birthplace and childhood home. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, museum officials said.

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For many, Kennedy embodied the promise of possibility in the postwar United States, presiding over an era of hope and ambition known as Camelot before an assassin's bullet killed him in November 1963. In 1962, Kennedy resolved the Cuban Missile Crisis - a 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union triggered by US ballistic missiles deployed in Italy and Turkey and the subsequent deployment of Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba.

A wreath-laying ceremony is planned to honor the 35th US president at his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum held a birthday celebration.

Father Mark Hession will deliver the homily for JFK Monday.

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