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World honors Kennedy with solemn events

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DALLAS — A half-dozen Irish soldiers toting guns with brilliantly polished bayonets formed a guard of honor outside the U.S. Embassy in Dublin as the U.S. flag was lowered to half-staff in one of several solemn ceremonies planned today to mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

More than a dozen retired Irish army officers who, as teenage cadets, had formed an honor guard at Kennedy’s graveside in November 1963, gathered in the front garden of the embassy in the heart of the Irish capital to remember the first Irish American to become leader of the free world.

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