Where to Celebrate JFK’s Life and Legacy in DC

As the federal government releases records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, there are several places in the D.C. area where you can celebrate the president's life and legacy.

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An eternal flame burns from the center of a round piece of granite at the head of Kennedy's grave in Arlington National Cemetery.

nKennedy is only one of two presidents buried at Arlington National Cemetery (William Howard Taft is the other). During his first formal visit to the cemetery in 1961, Kennedy laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and addressed a crowd at the Memorial Amphitheater for Armistice Day, the cemetery’s website says. Kennedy returned to the cemetery 11 days before his death, for the 1963 Armistice Day services. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis is buried at his side.
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To celebrate Kennedy's life, an exhibit called “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jack Lowe” is on display at the Newseum. Along with some of the most iconic images of Kennedy, the exhibit shows private photos of the president and his family. Lowe was the personal photographer for the family, and his portraits helped create the lasting image of the Kennedys, the Newseum said in a statement. This photo is from the exhibit, which was first shown at the Newseum in 2013. The exhibit will run through Jan. 7, 2018.
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Kennedy's funeral Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, near Dupont Circle, on Nov. 25, 1963. The cathedral placed a marble plaque on the floor to commemorate where the president's casket laid during the Mass and rites. This photo is from the papal visit in 2015.
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Martin's Tavern
Kennedy is said to have proposed to Jacqueline Lee Bouvier on June 24, 1953 at Martin's Tavern, the restaurant in Georgetown. The restaurant has a plaque in "The Proposal Booth." Additionally, President George H.W. Bush is said to have dined there when he was director of the CIA, and Bill Clinton wrote in his book “My Life" about visiting.
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The Kennedy family has several connections to Georgetown, Washingtonian reported. They lived at 3307 N St. NW while Kennedy ran for president. When the Kennedys moved to the White House, Jackie’s mother and stepfather lived at 2044 O St. NW. After her husband’s assassination, Jackie Kennedy lived for a short time at 3017 N St. NW before moving to New York.
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Here, Kennedy addresses the nation about the Cuban missile crisis on Feb. 11, 1962, less than a year before he was killed.
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