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Dallas Mayor Pays Tribute to Kennedy

DALLAS (AP) -- The mayor of Dallas has honored John F. Kennedy's life and legacy on the day marking 50 years since his assassination.

Mike Rawlings says the nation grew up on the day Kennedy died and had to live up to the challenges of the words and vision of a beloved president. Rawlings says Dallas has turned "civic heartbreak" into hard work and it is a much different place today.

He called Kennedy an "idealist without illusions who helped build a more just and equal world."

Rawlings' remarks were followed by a moment of silence and a tolling of bells.

Author and historian David McCullough says John F. Kennedy's words changed lives and history. And he says much of what Kennedy said still applies today.

McCullough read excerpts of some of Kennedy's most well-known speeches Friday during a Dallas ceremony.

He says Kennedy spoke of things that mattered, including education, service to one's country and the cause of peace on Earth. And he says Kennedy spoke to the point, with confidence and without "stale platitudes."

A new marker being unveiled in Dealey Plaza will feature the last paragraph of a speech President John F. Kennedy was set to give 50 years ago.

Kennedy's motorcade was en route to a luncheon at the Dallas Trade Mart when he was assassinated.

The speech was to have ended with Kennedy noting that Americans are "watchmen on the walls of world freedom" and therefore must strive to be worthy of that power and try to achieve peace.

Ruth Altshuler chairs the committee that organized the city's event marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination. She says the marker will be "very dignified and very tasteful and very meaningful."

 
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