Nation, World Remember JFK

Thousands gather at Dealey Plaza in Dallas

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 22, 2013 12:58 PM CST | Updated Nov 22, 2013 4:35 PM CST

(Newser) – 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 today to remember the 35th president of the United States. The most high-profile memorial service was at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where thousands observed a moment of silence at 12:30pm local time. Observances elsewhere ranged from Boston to Japan.

A crowd gathers before a ceremony at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.
A crowd gathers before a ceremony at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
Images of the Kennedys are displayed at Dealey Plaza.
Images of the Kennedys are displayed at Dealey Plaza.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tatiana Schlossberg, second right, granddaughter of JFK, pauses for a moment of silence during a ceremony at the JFK memorial in Runnymede, England.
Tatiana Schlossberg, second right, granddaughter of JFK, pauses for a moment of silence during a ceremony at the JFK memorial in Runnymede, England.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A flag flies at half-staff above the White House.
A flag flies at half-staff above the White House.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
In Boston, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick reads from President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.
In Boston, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick reads from President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
James Taylor sings with the US Naval Academy Women's Glee Club during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.
James Taylor sings with the US Naval Academy Women's Glee Club during a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
A police officer monitors the street as a crowd streams past the Texas School Book Depository building, rear, before today's ceremony in Dallas.
A police officer monitors the street as a crowd streams past the Texas School Book Depository building, rear, before today's ceremony in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
A Japanese couple pose with a portrait of JFK at a memorial in Tokyo.
A Japanese couple pose with a portrait of JFK at a memorial in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
Japanese visitors fold paper cranes to pay their respects to the late John F. Kennedy at a memorial venue in Tokyo.
Japanese visitors fold paper cranes to pay their respects to the late John F. Kennedy at a memorial venue in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
People gather before a ceremony to honor John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.
People gather before a ceremony to honor John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
A tour group walks past a memorial wreath displayed next to the bronze memorial bust of JFK in the grand foyer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
A tour group walks past a memorial wreath displayed next to the bronze memorial bust of JFK in the grand foyer of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
John F. Kennedy High School senior students look at their school exhibit of Kennedy memorabilia in Granada Hills, Calif.
John F. Kennedy High School senior students look at their school exhibit of Kennedy memorabilia in Granada Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
A plaque designating Dealey Plaza as a historical landmark is adorned with flowers after the ceremony in Dallas.
A plaque designating Dealey Plaza as a historical landmark is adorned with flowers after the ceremony in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings pauses for a moment at 12:30, the time when President John F. Kennedy was shot.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings pauses for a moment at 12:30, the time when President John F. Kennedy was shot.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
The Dallas Metro Police Pipes and Drums gather to perform during the ceremony.
The Dallas Metro Police Pipes and Drums gather to perform during the ceremony.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
The crowd watches the ceremony in Dallas.
The crowd watches the ceremony in Dallas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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