JFK Gravesite: Obamas, Clintons Visiting for 50th Anniversary Ceremony

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Monday, 18 Nov 2013 09:44 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton will visit the gravesite of John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday as part of the 50th anniversary of JFK's death.

They will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though the announcement has not been officially made, according to the USA Today. The officials will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the site.

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Kennedy died 50 years ago Friday. He is buried next to his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and brothers, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and longtime Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy.

Kennedy is one of two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery and three in the Washington D.C. area. William Howard Taft, who died in 1930, is buried at the military cemetery, while President Woodrow Wilson is buried at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery is located across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial and has three million visitors annually.

President Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Wednesday, an honor created by Kennedy that is the nation's highest civilian honor. The 16 recipients this year includes Clinton, country music legend Loretta Lynn, astronaut Sally Ride, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Nobel Prize winning chemist Mario Molina, former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, retired North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, activist Gloria Steinem and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

"The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours," Obama said about the honor. "This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude."

On Friday, Obama will greet leaders and volunteers of the Peace Corps, an organization Kennedy started in 1961.

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