The city of Dallas will honor the life, leadership and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, the 50th anniversary of his death.
Main events will take place in Dealey Plaza, the site where Kennedy was shot while driving through Dallas in a motorcade.
The commemoration will feature Pulitzer-winning presidential historian David McCullough, who will read parts from Kennedy's presidential speeches.
A 73-member U.S. Naval Academy Men's Glee Club will sing, and religious leaders will offer prayers and a benediction. About 5,000 tickets have been issued for this public event.
Roads in the area are being closed, and all Dallas government buildings will be closed for the day.
Organizers of Friday’s commemoration want a dignified event that focuses on Kennedy’s life, rather than the “voyeurism of a murder,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said.