BROOKLYN - Brooklyn residents remembered the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination today.

Some residents visited the John F. Kennedy monument at Grand Army Plaza, laying mementos and snapping photos.

Ron Schweiger, the borough historian, says it was a day that changed forever, and in a way, brought the United States closer together in the aftermath.

"People started talking to neighbors who normally you just didn't converse with them," said Schweiger. "Everyone was talking about it. It was something that was in the news every single day thereafter for quite a while."