Cardinal Timothy Dolan led mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Friday where parishioners prayed for late President John F. Kennedy. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
At Saint Patrick's Cathedral the 35th president of the United States was honored with remembrance masses throughout the day.
"The assassination of President Kennedy. Memory is very important to us," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Fifty years after John Fitzgerald Kennedy's death, many of the parishioners at Friday's 7 a.m. mass still remembered exactly where they were and what they were feeling when they learned the president was shot and killed.
'It was just a very emotional day. A very, very emotional situation," said one parishioner.
Rosalba Munevar attended the early morning service, showing devotion to the slain president just as she did 50 years ago when she learned of his death.
"I was working in a salon on Central Park South when we heard the word," recalled Munevar. "I left the salon and we all were crying. And I was crying, the whole people was crying. The next day I told my brother let's go to Washington."
But even those who weren't alive when Kennedy died can relate to the sadness of the day and applauded the church for remembering President Kennedy and praying for him.
"It's just an infamous date in history. It's something like we associate with Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Something that just always comes to mind," said one parishioner. "I think that that's very respectful. It's really great to see the recognition from the church."
Friday's recognition reverberated through the country and gave many pause as they remembered a president they say was a great man.
"He was one special character," said one parishioner.
"I used to love him so much. He was my idol, my rock, my everything," Munevar said.