BRIDGEPORT - Today marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Churches in Connecticut and across the country were asked to ring their bells at 1:15 p.m. and observe a moment of silence at 1:30 p.m., marking the time when Kennedy died.

Westport resident John Reznikoff has been collecting memorabilia to honor Kennedy. He says he has the greatest collection of Kennedy keepsakes outside of a museum.

Reznikoff says he began his collection 35 years ago. He says Kennedy's rosary beads are the "Mona Lisa" of his collection.

Local officials like Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch are also remembering Kennedy's legacy. Finch says Kennedy will be remembered for the great things he accomplished, like his mission to land a man on the moon.

Finch says he still feels the emotions he felt when he first heard President Kennedy had been killed.