5,000 tickets available for Kennedy tribute in Dallas

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Requesting tickets “The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy,” is scheduled for 11:45 a.m., Nov. 22 at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Ticket requests can be made online at: http://www.50thhonoringjohnfkennedy.com/ Deadline to apply is July 31. All requests will be entered into a secure database run by an interactive communications firm. Tickets will be randomly allocated by a computer program. Recipients of tickets will learn their status about Oct. 1. Anyone 18 or older can request tickets. People 12 and older can attend the event.

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Requests for 5,000 tickets to a John F. Kennedy memorial event in Dallas went online Thursday, beginning a process that includes rigorous background checks and random computer-driven drawings of people who want to attend.

The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy” is a public memorial planned for Nov. 22, 2013, in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. President Kennedy was assassinated there in 1963. He was the nation’s 35th president.

Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings said security and fair access are key to the tribute, which he said will be “serious, understated and respectful.”

Security is a high priority in this era, given the terrorists attacks on Sept.11, 2001, and the recent bombings in Boston, Rawlings said at a news conference held at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

First Assistant Dallas Police Chief Charles Cato said police will conduct full criminal background checks on all people requesting tickets. People can request up to two tickets and each person listed in a single request will be screened.

While ties to extremist groups might cause security concerns, Rawlings said people with varying views about the events leading to JFK’s assassination won’t be discriminated against in the process.

“We want everyone, whatever their point-of-view,” Rawlings said.

The news conference laid out the parameters for people to get tickets to the free event. The online ticket request process went online just as the news conference concluded at about 11 a.m. The deadline to request tickets is July 31.

Video screens will also be located near downtown Dallas to broadcast the event for people who don’t get tickets. Victory Park in Dallas is one of the satellite locations. Other locations will be determined later, organizers said.

Rawlings said Dallas residents will receive priority in getting tickets, but said Tarrant County residents will also have access to them.

About 25 percent of the 5,000 tickets will be available for people outside the Metroplex, organizers said. Media credentials will be handled in a separate process. Organizers anticipate media interest from across the globe.

The ticket process was established to make sure there is a fair distribution to the public.

Rawlings and a committee of 25 area leaders are working with the City of Dallas to set up the event.

The event, described as a serious, understated public memorial, is paid through private donations. Organizers are trying to raise millions of dollars for the event, Rawlings said.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675

Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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