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5,000 Allowed Into JFK Anniversary Event In Dallas

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Tourists sit in front of the Grassy Knoll (L) on March 13, 2010 at the spot beside of the former Texas School Book Depository Building (R) in Dealey Plaza, where the 1963 assasination of US President John F. Kennedy took place in Dallas. Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has recently announced he will produce a television mini-series debunking the conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Hanks and his partner in the Playtone production house, Gary Goetzman, will be the executive producers on the project which will adapt the book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy." "I think that we will finally be able to make a substantial dent in the 75 percent of people in this country who still believe the conspiracy theorists," said author of the book Vincent Bugliosi.                AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Tourists sit in front of the Grassy Knoll. (Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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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