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Obamas, Clintons to lay wreath at JFK's grave in 50-year remembrance

In this Sunday, Nov 24, 1963 file photo, the casket of President John F. Kennedy reaches the Capitol in Washington on a horse-drawn caisson, accompanied by a symbolic riderless horse named Black Jack, with boots reversed in the stirrups, symbolising
In this Sunday, Nov 24, 1963 file photo, the casket of President John F. Kennedy reaches the Capitol in Washington on a horse-drawn caisson, accompanied by a symbolic riderless horse named Black Jack, with boots reversed in the stirrups, symbolising a fallen leader. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, holds the US flag that covered the coffin of her husband at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia after he was buried. -- FILE
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, holds the US flag that covered the coffin of her husband at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia after he was buried. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Sunday, Nov 24, 1963 file photo, mourners stand in a line which lasted through the night, to pay their respects to the slain President John F. Kennedy, in Washington, with the illuminated US Capitol in the background. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Sunday, Nov 24, 1963 file photo, mourners stand in a line which lasted through the night, to pay their respects to the slain President John F. Kennedy, in Washington, with the illuminated US Capitol in the background. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Thursday, Nov 28, 1963 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of President John F. Kennedy, kneels and makes the sign of the cross at her husband's grave site in front of the eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
In this Thursday, Nov 28, 1963 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy, widow of President John F. Kennedy, kneels and makes the sign of the cross at her husband's grave site in front of the eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Sunday, Nov 24, 1963 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy looks toward the casket of her slain husband, President John F. Kennedy, during eulogies in the Capitol rotunda in Washington. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Sunday, Nov 24, 1963 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy looks toward the casket of her slain husband, President John F. Kennedy, during eulogies in the Capitol rotunda in Washington. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, Cardinal Richard Cushing leads the procession bearing the coffin of President John F. Kennedy into St. Mathew's Cathedral in Washington. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, Cardinal Richard Cushing leads the procession bearing the coffin of President John F. Kennedy into St. Mathew's Cathedral in Washington. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Sunday, Nov 24, 1963 file photo, a horse-drawn caisson bearing the body of President John F Kennedy heads from the White House, background, to the Capitol for him to lie in state. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Sunday, Nov 24, 1963 file photo, a horse-drawn caisson bearing the body of President John F Kennedy heads from the White House, background, to the Capitol for him to lie in state. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, Caroline Kennedy, 5, looks to her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy, as she clutches her hand, accompanied by John F. Kennedy, Jr, 3, while leaving St. Matthew's Cathedral after the funeral Mass for President John F.
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, Caroline Kennedy, 5, looks to her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy, as she clutches her hand, accompanied by John F. Kennedy, Jr, 3, while leaving St. Matthew's Cathedral after the funeral Mass for President John F. Kennedy in Washington. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Saturday, Nov 23, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy’s flag-draped casket rests on a catafalque in the center of the East Room of the White House in Washington. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Saturday, Nov 23, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy’s flag-draped casket rests on a catafalque in the center of the East Room of the White House in Washington. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, President Charles de Gaulle of France (centre) and other dignitaries salute as servicemen hold an American flag above the casket of President John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virgin
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, President Charles de Gaulle of France (centre) and other dignitaries salute as servicemen hold an American flag above the casket of President John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father's casket in Washington, three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas. Widow Jacqueline Kennedy (centre) and daughter Caroline Kennedy are accompan
In this Monday, Nov 25, 1963 file photo, 3-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father's casket in Washington, three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas. Widow Jacqueline Kennedy (centre) and daughter Caroline Kennedy are accompanied by the late president's brothers Senator Edward Kennedy (left) and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. -- FILE PHOTO: AP
In this Nov 24, 1963 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy kisses the casket of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, accompanied by their daughter Caroline, kneeling alongside. President Barack Obama will j
In this Nov 24, 1963 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy kisses the casket of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, accompanied by their daughter Caroline, kneeling alongside. President Barack Obama will join former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday in a wreath-laying ceremony at John F. Kennedy's grave to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama will join former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday in a wreath-laying ceremony at John F. Kennedy's grave to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

First lady Michelle Obama will also attend the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov 20, two days before the anniversary of the president's death, a senior administration official said on Saturday.

Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was killed at the age of 46 during a trip to Texas on Nov 22, 1963. He was buried at the military cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial.

Also on Wednesday Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom, established by Kennedy, to recipients at the White House. The award is considered the nation's highest civilian honour.