49th Anniversary of 1963 National Day of Mourning
Contact: Jim Roberts, 617-566-7937
Brookline, Mass. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site (NHS) will open to the public on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in recognition of President John F. Kennedy and the 49th anniversary of the 1963 National Day of Mourning following his assassination in Dallas, TX.The site will open from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM, with free admission for all. National Park Rangers will hold a brief memorial ceremony outside the house at 2:00 PM. Guided house tours will be offered throughout the day. In 1963, the town of Brookline paid "Final Tribute To Its Most Eminent Son" with a large memorial in front of the president's birthplace at 83 Beals St. in Brookline, Massachusetts. Town officials, church leaders, Brookline High School students, and citizens gathered at 83 Beals St. to pay their respects, join in prayer, sing the national anthem, and witness a salute from the firing squad of the Allied Veterans Council. The house, a private residence at that time, was repurchased by the Kennedy family in 1966 and gifted to the National Park Service in 1969.
Did You Know?
Like many middle-class families in Brookline, the Kennedy’s relied upon the many contributions of live-in domestic help. Mary O’Donaghue and Alice Michelan, two first-generation Americans, cooked, cleaned and cared for the children, enabling the family to live their version of the American dream.