President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton attended John F. Kennedy’s gravesite to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the nation’s 35th president. Geoff Bennett filed the following report.

A memorial ceremony was held at President John F. Kennedy's Virginia gravesite Wednesday, two days before the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and their wives, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, joined Robert Kennedy's widow Ethel and other members of the Kennedy family.

They held a moment of silence and laid a wreath at his tombstone at Arlington National Cemetery.

It was a daylong tribute. Wednesday morning, President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, which Kennedy introduced shortly before his death.

“And this year, it’s just a little more special because this marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy establishing this award,” Obama said.

Former president Bill Clinton was among this year’s 16 prominent recipients, which also included Oprah Winfrey, jazz musician Arturo Sandoval, activist Gloria Steinem, baseball legend Ernie Banks and former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith, whose wife accepted on his behalf.

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