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Dallas announces JFK 50th anniversary ceremony plans

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Dallas leaders on Thursday unveiled plans for the city's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

The event will be held in Dealey Plaza and 5,000 tickets are available to the public through a ticket request process that opened Thursday morning and closes July 31.

The tickets will be free, but are not transferable and applicants will be screened by police. Police declined to be specific about what would get someone disqualified for the tickets.

People will be notified in early October if they are selected in the random ticket lottery.

About half of the 5,000 tickets will be given to North Texas residents. The other half will go to dignitaries, government officials, civic leaders and people outside North Texas.

Presidential historian David McCullough will read excerpts of Kennedy presidential speeches and the U.S. Naval Academy Men's Glee Club will perform. Kennedy was a member of the U.S. Navy.

The program also includes a ceremonial flyover and prayers from various religious leaders.

For those who do not get tickets, video screens will be placed throughout downtown Dallas for the general public to watch.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. on November 22 with church bells tolling throughout the city, followed by a moment of silence.

In a press release, event organizers describe the planned ceremony as "serious, understated and respectful."

"[Kennedy's] death forever changed our city, as well as the world," said Dallas mayor and honorary event chairman Mike Rawlings in a statement. "We want to mark this tragic day by remembering a great President with the sense of dignity and history he deserves."

The event was created by a 25-person committee chaired by local philanthropist Ruth Collins Altshuler.

To apply for tickets, visit http://www.50thhonoringjohnfkennedy.com/

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