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Dallas to mark JFK assassination with wide array of events

DALLAS — The city is preparing to mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination with events designed to celebrate his legacy and show how far Dallas, and the country, have come since that fall day in 1963.

In addition to a city-sponsored ceremony at Dealy Plaza on Friday, there will be concerts, panel discussions with eyewitnesses, public art installations and a day of service.

After the assassination, Dallas was denounced as "the city of hate." On the eve of the anniversary, the Dallas nonprofit group 29 Pieces has attempted to dispel that reputation by placing thousands of works of art throughout the city exploring the theme of love.