JFK's life, legacy to be celebrated on his centennial

JFK's life, legacy to be celebrated on his centennial

The meeting was part of a series of talks during their summit meetin.

(AP Photo/File). FILE - In this January 20, 1961 file photo, President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Monday marks 100 years since the birth of President John F. Kennedy, and celebrations were held at his presidential library in Dorchester and in his hometown of Brookline.

(AP Photo). FILE - In this December 18, 1961 file photo, President John F. Kennedy heads for Washington after an overnight stopover in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he rested after his Latin American tour due to a heavy cold.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester held a ceremonial flag raising at 9 a.m.

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Before his election in 1960, Kennedy, a Catholic, traveled to southern Louisiana "in a series of quasi-campaign stops almost 80 days before announcing his run for president".

A flyover will also take place over the library. Museum officials say thousands attended its events. It's held several events this weekend to honor Kennedy's legacy. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier, according to executive director Steven Rothstein.

Historians have reassessed his time in office and taken a more critical view of his handling of crises such as the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, his decisions to build up the USA military presence in South Vietnam, and the role he really played in the civil rights movement. "We fundamentally believe that JFK is a visionary who never goes out of style".

"Today, representing the 640,000 men and women of the United States Postal Service, I can tell you that the spirit of public service remains as vital as when President Kennedy elevated the ideal in his moving and eloquent inaugural address", said Brennan.

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