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JFK 50th: Nation pauses to remember lost president


November 22. 2013 11:37AM
Associated Press



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(AP) Fifty years after John F. Kennedy fell victim to an assassin's bullet while visiting Texas with his wife, people at home and abroad paused Friday to remember the 35th president of the United States. Collected here are memories of the slain president, details from the day of his death and live updates from the memorial service at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.


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Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore joined the staff of the U.S. Embassy and more than a dozen retired Irish army officers who, as teenage cadets, had formed an honor guard at President John F. Kennedy's graveside in November 1963.


Together, they gathered Friday in the front garden of the embassy in the heart of Dublin to observe a minute's silence and lay two wreaths from the Irish and American governments in memory of JFK. The day was crisp, windless, with trees full of autumn leaves and a cloudless blue sky, the sun blindingly low on the horizon.


A half-dozen Irish soldiers toting guns with brilliantly polished bayonets formed their own guard of honor outside the embassy as the U.S. flag was lowered to half-staff. Their commander drew a sword and held it aloft as a lone trumpeter played "The Last Post," the traditional British salute to war dead. A bagpiper played laments, and then a U.S. Marine raised the flag again as the bugler sounded an upbeat "Reveille."


Inside the embassy, staff observed from the building's circular balconies as Gilmore paid tribute to JFK's legacy. Frankie Gavin a fiddler who was six years old when he performed with his family's band for Kennedy during his June 29, 1963, visit to the western Irish city of Galway played a lament and a jig.


Reported by Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin


Associated Press


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