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From D.C. to Dallas, the nation pauses to remember the death of a president

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 01:30

Nov. 22 - On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, thousands gather in cities across the country to pay tribute to the former president. Linda So reports.

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The day began with a somber tribute at the Eternal Flame over President John F. Kennedy's gravesite. His sister, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, paused to honor the former president who was assassinated 50 years ago. Visitors filed past his final resting place throughout the day. All across Washington D.C., flags were lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the 50th anniversary. In Dallas, thousands braved the bitter cold and rain to attend the city's first official ceremony to mark Kennedy's assassination. SOUNDBITE: MIKE VANARSDEO, ATTENDEE, SAYING: "I was nine years old at the time this happened and 50 years later I am able to be here and reminisce the whole thing all over again." The sound of bagpipes echoed through the streets as the ceremony began. There were songs, prayers, and speeches to commemorate the day. SOUNDBITE: MARK HAMMER, ATTENDEE, SAYING: "I remember like it was yesterday. I was in seventh grad and just a vivid memory and my parents loved JFK and I just - he was one of our great presidents and I just wanted to honor the memory." The solemn ceremony was held at Dealey Plaza, the exact spot where Kennedy's motorcade greeted crowds moments before he was assassinated.

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From D.C. to Dallas, the nation pauses to remember the death of a president

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 01:30