Commemorative ceremonies are being planned in the village of Hyannis in Barnstable, site of the Kennedys’ famous compound, as the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches.
The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation will begin its commemoration Friday with a gathering at the John F. Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street. The 10 a.m. event will feature a wreath-laying ceremony, said John Allen, executive director of the museum.
He said the museum was seeing about twice as many visitors as usual. “We’re seeing a little bit of a buildup this week,” he said, noting that although visitors come from all over, the locals show the most interest in remembering Kennedy.
He said it was “a somber time on the Cape.”
A special memorial Mass will also be held at 2 p.m., Allen said, at the St. Francis Xavier Church. The Kennedy family has attended many Masses there.
“I think Hyannis, in general, is abuzz with all things Kennedy,” said Claudia Moiz, a spokeswoman for the church.
Allen said the museum also asked high school students to reflect on some of Kennedy’s most famous words, “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.”
Another special initiative the museum launched this year was a screening of Kennedy footage filmed between the summer of 1963 and the day of Kennedy’s assassination. Kennedy spent much of that time on the Cape, Allen said. The footage follows him and his family through the summer and ends with footage from Dallas, where the president was assassinated.
The Barnstable police have increased patrols in the area of the Kennedy compound as a precautionary procedure, but haven’t noticed more traffic or visitors than usual, said Sergeant Thomas Twomey.