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Mayor pays tribute to Kennedy

DALLAS (AP) – The mayor of Dallas has honored John F. Kennedy’s life and legacy on the day marking 50 years since his assassination.

Mike Rawlings says the nation grew up on the day Kennedy died and had to live up to the challenges of the words and vision of a beloved president. Rawlings says Dallas has turned “civic heartbreak” into hard work and it is a much different place today.

He called Kennedy an “idealist without illusions who helped build a more just and equal world.”

Rawlings’ remarks were followed by a moment of silence and a tolling of bells.

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