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A wreath is laid at the gravesite of president John F. Kennedy. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A wreath is laid at the gravesite of president John F. Kennedy. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — Bagpipes played, a British cavalry officer stood guard and a flame burned steady as it has for 50 years at President John F. Kennedy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving Kennedy sibling, laid a wreath at her brother’s grave Friday to mark the anniversary of his death. The 85-year-old was joined by about 10 members of the Kennedy family.

A few hundred people watched the ceremony, which lasted only a few minutes and had no spoken words. Kennedy family members joined hands for a short prayer and left roses at the grave.

Earlier in the morning, Attorney General Eric Holder paid his respects at the site.

Thousands of visitors from across the country also came to the gravesite to pay respect to the man whose death they attribute with changing their lives.

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