U of M students constructing floral 'grave blanket' to honor JFK

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Students at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus are working on a special project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, The Associated Press reports.

Floral design students with the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences are putting together a floral "grave blanket" Thursday to honor Kennedy's life and legacy.

The Kennedy grave blanket will include flowers, newspaper clippings and photographs, and will be mounted in 3-foot by 15-foot frame that will go on public display, the AP says.

Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

The U of M has previously constructed grave blankets to honor the victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse and victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"Grave blankets are a tradition in some parts of the U.S. that provides grieving families a way to decorate their loved ones' graves for the cold winter," the U of M said in a press release.

According to the U of M's Department of Horticultural Science, grave blankets were originally brought to the U.S. by Scandinavians settling in the Midwest.

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