JFK's life, legacy is celebrated on his centennial

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Thousands have gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the day he would have turned 100.

It has been 100 years since John F. Kennedy's birth on May 29, 1917, at his parents' home in Brookline, Mass., just outside Boston. They continue the commemorations today with choral groups performing this morning, a U.S. Navy band performing at 2:15 p.m. with a U.S. Navy F-18 flyover at 3 p.m. followed by a birthday cake cutting ceremony created by Montilio's Baking Company (the same bakery created the wedding cake for JFK and Jackie). It will be available nationwide in Post Offices February 21.

The late president's commitment to service also was celebrated at a Saturday ceremony co-hosted by the National Peace Corps Association.

"There's no one issue or one event that we could do to highlight the different facets of (Kennedy),"said Steven Rothstein, the library foundation's executive director".

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Kennedy was 46 when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

The Richard Avedon photographs will anchor the Springfield Museums exhibition, providing a glimpse into the Kennedys' personal life, while also documenting their public image. Monday, May 29, 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Kennedy, who went on to become the 35th President of the United States. "Many of his key ideas are timeless". Avedon took the photographs in 1961; they feature then President-elect Kennedy, his wife and their children in front of the white background Avedon was known for, according to the release.

A Mass was planned on May 29 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts, where the Kennedy family - Roman Catholics by religion - had its residence.

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