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JFK birth centennial ends on assassination anniversary

BROOKLINE, Mass. — A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth came to close Wednesday, exactly 54 years after his assassination. National park rangers laid a wreath outside Kennedy’s childhood home in Brookline, Mass., and there were speeches from officials, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. The event also included a 21-gun salute by an honor guard. The solemn commemorations fell 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.

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