Mayor: Simple, Quick, Respectful
"The city will make sure we have a simple ceremony, a relatively quick one, and one that is very respectful," says Rawlings.
Among those not expected to attend, the president's daughter Caroline Kennedy who will reportedly remember her father's death in private.
Rawlings on Tuesday, unveiled a marker honoring fallen police officer J.D Tippit who was gunned down on Oak Street 45 minutes after JFK's assassination.
As the city of Dallas marks the 49th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Thursday, the city prepares for what is expected to be a major event next year.
Historian David McCullough will be the principal speaker at the 50th anniversary, which likely will draw a world wide audience of both those remembering and conspiracy theorists.
"You have to realize that the past is always with you in a situation like this," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tells KTRH News. "What is important is what we do next year at that day. And that's why we felt it's important to honor the president rather than dwelling on the past."