5,000 Allowed Into JFK Anniversary Event In Dallas
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced on Thursday the process by which people can apply to attend “The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy.”
About 5,000 people will be able to attend the Nov. 22 ceremony at Dealey Plaza. People interested in attending can make a request on a website, www.50thhonoringjohnfkennedy.com. Each person, 18 or older, can request no more than two tickets.
“It is very important to The 50th Committee and the City of Dallas that this event is free and open to the public, and this ticketing process allows us to do that,” said Mayor Rawlings.“More than half the tickets will be distributed to residents of the DFW area. But people from all walks of life and viewpoints from around the world will be able to join us in commemorating the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.”
Dallas police will run a criminal background check on every person who requests a ticket. Mayor Rawlings says that while officials aren’t targeting anyone based on their political beliefs, they will exclude anyone who “raises an alarm on any issue.” Those approved to attend will be notified of their status on or about Oct. 1, 2013.
The ceremony, which is paid for by private donations, will feature readings by celebrated historian David McCullough.
Video screens in several nearby locations downtown will broadcast the event live for those unable to attend.
It will take place near the spot where Kennedy was fatally shot.
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