FAIRFIELD - A Fairfield couple is getting national recognition for having the longest marriage in the United States.

John and Ann Betar tied the knot more than 80 years ago after growing up as neighbors in Bridgeport. A California-based group called Worldwide Marriage Encounter is presenting them with the honor on Saturday.

John is 101 and Ann is 97. Together, they have five children, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.