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JFK centennial events draw to close

  • A National Park Ranger places a wreath outside John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • This photo shows John F. Kennedy's bedroom in the family's home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of his assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • John Collins of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary sounds taps outside John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • A spectator holds a program during a wreath laying ceremony at John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • Members of the Leatherneck Honors Society ready for a 21-gun salute outside John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • A Navy color guard from the USS Constitution stands in front of John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Wednesday, following a wreath-laying ceremony on the 54th anniversary of his assassination in Dallas. Right, Kennedy is shown at the White House, April 30, 1963. AP PHOTOS

  • John Collins, left, of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary stands inside John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, before sounding taps on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Michael Dwyer

  • FILE - In this April 30, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy listens while Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg speaks outside the White House in Washington. National Park Rangers will lay a wreath outside Kennedy's childhood home on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Brookline Mass., 54 years to the day after he was assassinated in Dallas. The ceremony marks a symbolic end to a year of events marking the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth. (AP Photo/William J. Smith, File) William J. Smith


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BROOKLINE (AP) — A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth is drawing to a close exactly 54 years after his assassination.

National park rangers laid a wreath outside Kennedy’s childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. The wreath-laying was followed by a 21-gun salute by an honor guard.

The solemn commemorations fall on the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

The observances were held at what is now known as the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service.

The nation’s 35th president was born in the leafy Boston suburb on May 29, 1917. Over the past year, numerous conferences and other events have been held worldwide to examine JFK’s legacy and imagine his impact had he survived.JFK birth centennial ending on assassination anniversary