Obama and his wife, Michelle, will be accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Also that day, Obama will be joined by scores of prominent Americans who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in paying tribute to Kennedy’s legacy.
Kennedy established the modern version of the medal, the highest award the U.S. bestows on civilians.
Since then more than 500 have received the medal.
On Wednesday evening, Obama plans a speech on Kennedy’s legacy of service with a dinner at the Smithsonian American History Museum. Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, is to introduce Obama at the dinner. Other Kennedy members plan to attend, including Robert Kennedy’s daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and former diplomat Jean Kennedy Smith, a former medal winner and John Kennedy’s last surviving sibling.
Friday marks 50 years to the day since Kennedy was killed by a gunman in Dallas. Obama will meet that day with leaders and volunteers from the Peace Corps program Kennedy established.