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Services in US Capitol celebrates JFK's life

Nearly 20 years after mourners filed past the body of John F. Kennedy in the Capitol Rotunda, some 600 American leaders gathered in the same spot Wednesday to celebrate his life.

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House Speaker Thomas O'Neill and Senate GOP leader Howard Baker recalled Mr. Kennedy's grace, wisdom, and wit and said that perhaps above all else the 35th President invigorated America with new hope and vitality.

Senator Baker said, ''We who wish to honor John Kennedy's memory today can honor it best not in sad processions past an eternal flame but in the same joyous pursuit of public service that gave meaning and majesty and immortality to his life.''