(Cleveland) - A somber ceremony was held at Cleveland's Cultural Gardens commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Cleveland Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur helped to lay a wreath in the Irish Garden, with the help of State Representative Mike Foley, and Cleveland councilmen Martin Sweeney, Kevin Kelley, and Martin Kane.

Kaptur spoke about how Kennedy inspired her and others around the nation to embark on a career of public service. Kaptur remarked that while Kennedy urged citizens to serve their country, many of today's politicians encourage the public to only think of themselves.

Foley recalled that growing up, his parents had a picture of President Kennedy displayed in their living room for inspiration. Sweeney revealed that his father cried the day Kennedy was killed.

Kelley said that he is most proud of the barriers Kennedy helped remove from society and the doors he opened for so many people to seek the American dream.

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(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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