TODAY | November 23, 2013
>>> 50 years ago today the nation woke up in mourning wake upping to the realization that president kennedy was dead. they honor the memory of his assassination but nowhere were they more poignant in dallas where the president was killed.
>> reporter: on a cold, wet, and windy day that had the somber mood of the city, thousandses came to dealey plaza to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of john f. kennedy .
>> a new dawn started a half a century ago when hope and hatred slide collided here in dallas . we watched the nightmarish reality that in our front yard, our president had been taken from us.
>> reporter: it was here on november 22nd , 1963 , america was forever changed . rideing in an open car with the first lady, the president was shot to death as his motorcade wove through the cit
>> white house press secretary has just announced that president kennedy died at 1:00 central standard time which is 30 minutes ago.
>> reporter: bullets followed by lee harvey oswald from the texas book depository took the president's life. it marked by a moment of silence and bellses tolling throughout the city. the rain did compact the ceremony. the performance by the orchestra was canceled as was a flyover by the air force . dallas unveiling on friday a monument on the infamous grassy knoll .
>> we in this country and this generation are by destiny, rather than choice, the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. we ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and our responsibility.
>> reporter: 50 years after the death of an american president , a city and a nation remember. for "today," janet shamlian , nbc