President Barack Obama declared Friday a day of remembrance for the late John F. Kennedy and ordered flags flown at half-staff to mark the 50th anniversary of the former president’s assassination.
“With broad vision and soaring but sober idealism, President John F. Kennedy had called a generation to service and summoned a Nation to greatness,” Obama wrote in a proclamation. “Today, we honor his memory and celebrate his enduring imprint on American history.”
The President and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, laid a wreath at Kennedy’s gravesite Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of his death.
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