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JFK ceremony will go on despite bad weather threat

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DALLAS -

Despite the anticipated cold and rainy weather Friday, the City of Dallas plans to observe the 50th anniversary of the day JFK was shot and killed and remember the person he was.

"Texans are tough and a crisp day won't prevent us from marking this important time in history," said Mayor Mike Rawlings in a statement. "We believe this important event cannot be duplicated in another location, so the commemoration will take place tomorrow as planned."

Forecasts have temperatures in the mid 30's with a 70 percent chance of rain in North Texas.

On Friday, the 50th anniversary will be observed in at a ceremony in Dealey Plaza - at the place where and at the moment of when the president was shot and killed.

"We are planning a respectful, simple, understated, respectful public memorial commemorating President Kennedy's life," said Rawlings.

A limited number of tickets were distributed, and a group called Coalition on Political Assassinations has been given space a few blocks away.

There will be no members of the Kennedy family present.

"You have to remember, the Kennedy family in the 80s made it clear they'd rather people remember Kennedy on his birthday, May 29, rather than Nov. 22, when he died," said Gary Mack, the Sixth Floor Museum's curator.

The usual Dealey Plaza crowd won't be there Friday, and noted conspiracy theorists are angry about it.

The Sixth Floor Museum, housed in the building where alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots 50 years ago, will be closed for security reasons, along with other buildings around the plaza.

"I think the mayor and his planning committee did it right," Mack said. "They call it a 50th observance. The meaning of the Kennedy assignation changes with individuals. This is solemn and respectful. And there is no reason to think it's anything other than that."

There was a much smaller, city-sanctioned, ceremony in November 1993, on the 30th anniversary. At that time, a marker was placed on the grassy knoll, designating Dealey Plaza a national historic monument.

Thousands of people visit Dealey Plaza from around the world every Nov. 22, drawn to what happened there.

For more information, visit www.50thHonoringJohnFKennedy.com or http://www.myfoxdfw.com/category/251162/jfk-video-the-dallas-tapes.

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