JFK birth centennial ending on assassination anniversary

John Collins, left, of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary stands inside John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, before sounding taps on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A Navy color guard from the USS Constitution stands in front of John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, following a wreath laying ceremony on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
This photo shows John F. Kennedy's bedroom in the family's home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of his assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
John Collins of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary sounds taps outside John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Members of the Leatherneck Honors Society ready for a 21-gun salute outside John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A National Park Ranger places a wreath outside John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
FILE - In this April 30, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy listens while Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg speaks outside the White House in Washington. National Park Rangers will lay a wreath outside Kennedy's childhood home on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Brookline Mass., 54 years to the day after he was assassinated in Dallas. The ceremony marks a symbolic end to a year of events marking the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth. (AP Photo/William J. Smith, File)
A spectator holds a program during a wreath laying ceremony at John F. Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, on the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BROOKLINE, Mass. — A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth came to close Wednesday, exactly 54 years after his assassination.

National park rangers laid a wreath outside Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts, and there were speeches from officials, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. The event also included a 21-gun salute by an honor guard.

The solemn commemorations fell on the anniversary of Kennedy's assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

The observances were held at what is now known as the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service.

Jason Atsales, a lead park ranger at the site, told the Boston Globe that 2017 has been one of the "busiest years at the site" since it opened in 1969.

"With JFK's centennial celebration, and the release of the JFK files just a few weeks ago, it may have sparked some new interest," he said.

The nation's 35th president was born in the leafy Boston suburb on May 29, 1917. Over the past year, numerous conferences and other events have been held worldwide to examine JFK's legacy and imagine his impact had he survived.

The ceremony Wednesday drew around 60 visitors, Atsales said.

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