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BOSTON (AP) - A statue of John F. Kennedy on the lawn of the Massachusetts Statehouse is open to the public for viewing as the state marks 50 years since Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.
The statue, dedicated in 1990, has been largely off limits since new security procedures that went into effect after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It will be open to the public for several hours on Friday and again on Monday.
A steady rain fell during a brief and somber wreath-laying ceremony at the statue on Friday. Gov. Deval Patrick, accompanied by Major Gen. Scott Rice of the Massachusetts National Guard, stood at attention in front of the statue before returning inside the Statehouse.
Both of Kennedy's grandfathers served in the Massachusetts Legislature.