“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 said in his proclamation. “Today, we honor his memory and celebrate his enduring imprint on American history.”
Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963, during the third year of his presidency. He was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. CT.
“While President Kennedy’s life was tragically cut short, his vision lives on in the generations he inspired — volunteers who serve as ambassadors for peace in distant corners of the globe, scientists and engineers who reach for new heights in the face of impossible odds, innovators who set their sights on the new frontiers of our time,” Obama declared, commenting on the 35th president’s diplomacy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and leadership on civil rights.
All National Park Service sites in the District are flying flags at half-staff, according to Carol Johnson, spokeswoman for the National Mall and memorial parks in D.C.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.