Heavy security and cold weather expected for JFK memorial in Dallas

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 1:41 AM

DALLAS -- With a large crowd expected in Dealey Plaza for the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination Friday, security will be on high alert.

Dallas police say they will have a strong presence at the memorial. Officers in uniform and undercover will be at the event. Those officers will be carrying mobile surveillance cameras to monitor crowds.

All 5,000 people who have tickets to the memorial will be bused in from the American Airlines Center. All of them will have to go through security screening, where large bags, backpacks, or umbrellas will not be allowed.

“What we wanted was a very dignified and very respectful service, and I think you'll see that tomorrow,” said former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-30s and light rain Friday, but current Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said despite the ban on umbrellas the event "cannot be duplicated in another location" and would proceed as planned.

“Texans are tough and a crisp day won’t prevent us from marking this important time in history,” Rawlings said.

For more on traffic surrounding the event, click here.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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