Friday, November 22, 2013

John F. Kennedy, 5/29/1917-11/22/1963

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in the family home at 83 Beals Street in Brookline on May 29, 1917.  He was killed by an assassin in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago today.

In the immediate aftermath of the assassination, it was widely expected that Kennedy would be buried in the family plot at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline.  The Boston Globe and the New York Times and wire service stories that appeared around the country the day after the assassination all reported that Holyhood was the expected burial site.

It was announced later that day that the president would be buried in Arlington National Cemetery instead.

The Kennedys' infant son Patrick, who died two days after birth, had been buried at Holyhood just three months earlier.  (Patrick's body was moved to Arlington in December.) Kennedy's parents, Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and other family members are buried in Holyhood.

The National Park Service will hold a brief memorial ceremony at the JFK birthplace at 2 pm this Sunday.  The birthplace will also be open to the public Saturday and Sunday.

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