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Nation Honors JFK on 50th Anniversary of Assassination

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(CNN) To honor the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death, President Obama and the first lady laid a wreath at his gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery, joined by former President Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Fifty years later, that eternal flame still burns.

Meanwhile in Dallas, curious tourists still come to the place where those fatal shots were fired half a century ago. For this city, Friday is a delicate balancing act of honoring Kennedy's memory without sensationalizing his murder. "The city in general was highly embarrassed and ashamed, but what made it even worse, the city was branded unfairly as a city of hate," Gary Mack, curator at The Sixth Floor Museum, said.

Dallas has spent decades trying to shake off the reputation of "the city that killed Kennedy." which is not easy - as that dark day of history is rehashed daily by trolley tours and by those who don't believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Conspiracy theorists sell JFK memorabilia and tell their version of what happened every day. "It's an embarrassment to the city," Robert Groden, JFK conspiracy theorist, said. "And well it should be. But the city didn't kill the president. Somebody else did, and it wasn't Lee Harvey Oswald."

What is not be present Friday -- those x's that for years have marked the exact spots on Elm Street where the president was shot. The city says it's relaying asphalt to "level out the streets and remove any trip hazards."

But undeniably, all eyes will be back on this city Friday. Generations have passed, but the fascination with what happened here remains. "It changed the course of history in many ways," Hugh Aynesworth, a journalist, said. What would have happened if Kennedy lived?"

The new JFK monument will be unveiled during Friday's ceremony. It is located in the ground on the infamous grassy knoll.

The inscription on the monument is the final paragraph of the speech JFK intended to deliver at the Dallas Trade Mart on Nov. 22, 1963.

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