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Ceremony marks 48th anniversary of JFK assassination

The Brookline home where President John F. Kennedy was born is open to the public today, in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of his assassination.

The John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, at 83 Beals St., is usually closed from November through April. Today, however, it is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with free admission and guided tours.

National Park Service rangers held a ceremony at the historic site at 1 p.m., and a small religious ceremony was held this morning, said Jim Roberts, a park service spokesman.

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Back in 1963, just days after the assassination, the home also served as a place for mourners to honor Kennedy, when it was the site of a large memorial service. At the time, the house was a private residence.

Jaime Lutz can be reached at jaime.lutz@globe.com.