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.