JFK series: 50th Anniversary remembrance at a glance

At a glance:

The what:

The 50th Committee (President John F. Kennedy Commemorative Foundation), consisting of 25 local civic leaders, in cooperation with the city of Dallas, will hold an observance to celebrate the remarkable life, legacy and leadership of John F. Kennedy.

“The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy” will commemorate Kennedy’s life with a serious, understated and respectful memorial in tribute to our nation’s 35th president.

It will take place at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 22, 2013, at Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, where the president was assassinated in 1963.

Along with Dallas civic leader Ruth Collins Altshuler, who is serving as the chairwoman, and Mayor Michael Rawlings, the 25-person committee organizing the event is made up of a broad cross-section of leaders from the Dallas business and philanthropic communities.

President John F. Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy


The why:

As the first designated event the city of Dallas has ever held in Kennedy’s memory, “The 50th” will honor the prominent U.S. leader with a sense of dignity and history.


The program:

“The 50th” will be a concise and reflective observance, which will include:

•The tolling of church bells throughout the city and a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m.

•Renowned presidential historian David McCullough, the subject of a two-part profile on “60 Minutes,” will give special readings from Kennedy’s presidential speeches at the event.

McCullough has won two Pulitzer Prizes, for biographies about former presidents John Adams and Harry Truman, and has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award.

• Mayor Rawlings will represent the city of Dallas and the JFK 50th Committee of the President John F. Kennedy Commemorative Foundation.

•Internationally acclaimed, 73-member U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. Aaron Smith, will honor Kennedy in song.

•A ceremonial flyover will take place.

•Religious leaders will offer prayers and a benediction.