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Events across the nation and around the world will mark the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, 50 years ago Friday.

President Barack Obama has ordered that flags be lowered at government buildings today to mark the anniversary, calling it a day to honor Kennedy’s memory and “celebrate his enduring imprint on American history.”

In Dallas, thousands of people will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was shot while riding in his motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963.

Friday’s event will feature brief remarks by the mayor, the tolling of church bells and readings from the president’s speeches by author David McCullough.

It’s 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 Kennedy’s state funeral and host a musical tribute that isn’t open to the
public.

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