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On this day in history, President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, just days after he was assassinated in an open car motorcade on the streets of Dallas during a campaign trip across Texas. 25, 1963.

According to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, President Kennedy, as well as the two Kennedy infants, are buried today in Arlington National Cemetery’s Lot 45, Section 30.


The library’s website also states, “The permanent graves are located approximately 20 feet east of the site where the President was temporarily laid on November 25, 1963.”

On this day in history, Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, 35th President, was assassinated

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“Each is marked by a simple inscribed gray slate tablet.”

The funeral of the slain president, only 46 years old when he was assassinated, followed a somber and nationally staged funeral procession.

According to History.com, JFK did not specify where he was to be buried.

“Most of his family and friends assumed he would have chosen a plot in his home state of Massachusetts,” the site also notes.

JFK “deserves a plot in Arlington National Cemetery, but he also deserves a special site commensurate with his presidential status.”

As a veteran of World War II, he “deserved a plot in Arlington National Cemetery, but he was also entitled to a special site appropriate to his presidency.”

In the spring before he died, President Kennedy “made an unscheduled visit to Arlington and … remarked to a friend on the view of the Potomac from the Custis-Lee Mansion, reportedly saying that it was ‘so splendid that I could never see it’.” Could have lived for,” explains the same site.

On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation in his inaugural address: "And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Can."

After Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963, a friend who accompanied JFK to Arlington that day “broadcasted the remarks to the president’s brother-in-law, Sergeant Shriver, who suggested the site to the president’s widow, Jacqueline Kennedy,” History.com also reports. does.

“Jackie, who was responsible for the final decision, visited the site on November 24 and agreed. ‘She belongs to the people,’ she said,” the site also notes.

Jackie Kennedy “lit the first eternal flame and a few days later, the grave site was surrounded by a white picket fence.”

History.com says the then-First Lady reportedly also asked if cemetery workers could plant “some sort of eternal flame at the grave site.”

President John F.  Kennedy posing for a photo at his desk with the American flag in the background.

Cemetery officials scrambled to put together a makeshift aerial torch under a wire dome that was covered with dirt and evergreen branches. The flame was fed by copper tubing from a propane tank located 300 feet away. was.”

Then, after the graveside military ceremony on November 25, Jackie Kennedy “lit the first eternal flame and a few days later, the grave site was surrounded by a white picket fence.”

The eternal flame now “burns from the center of a 5-foot circular flat granite stone at the head of the President’s grave.”

The following month, in December 1963, “Jackie Kennedy returned to the tomb and was photographed kneeling in prayer amid a sea of ​​wreaths and bouquets left by recent visitors.”

The JFK Library site notes, “today’s flame” burns from the center of a 5-foot circular flat granite stone located at the head of the president’s grave.

“The burner, a specially designed device that was built by the Institute of Gas Technology of Chicago, consists of a nozzle and an electric ignition system.”

The John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame burns at the grave site of former President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, near Washington, DC

The library also notes, “A continuously glowing electric spark near the tip of the nozzle ignites the gas if the flame is extinguished by rain, wind or accidents. The fuel is natural gas that is used to control the color and shape of the air.” mixed in proper proportion. Flame.”

The library also states, “The entire site with a total area of ​​approximately 3.2 acres was set aside by the Secretary of the Army with the approval of the Secretary of Defense to honor the memory of the President.”

People visiting the Eternal Flame at the grave of former President John F. Kennedy are seen in the background near the 100th anniversary of his birth at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.

It also stated, “The land is held for the nation as a whole and not deeded to the Kennedy family.”

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“The area is now appropriately landscaped with new plantings among some of the historic trees.”

“While magnolias are prominent, there are crab apple, willow oak, hawthorn, yellowwood, American holly and cherry trees interspersed among the flowering plants and shrubs.”

More than three million people visit Arlington National Cemetery each year.