Eternal flame at JFK gravesite undergoing repairs

Eternal flame at JFK gravesite undergoing repairs

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ARLINGTON, VA - OCTOBER 28: The eternal flame is seen at the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy October 28, 2010 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The Knights of Columbus, of which Kennedy was a member from 1946 until his assassination in 1963, is sponsoring a restoration program for the lettering, which includes the best remembered phrase "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," on the granite wall at the gravesite of Kennedy after it has become difficult to read because of decades of weathering. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 8:24 PM

ARLINGTON(AP) -- The eternal flame at the gravesite of former President John F. Kennedy is undergoing repairs at Arlington National Cemetery.
 
Before the repairs began, workers used a torch Monday to carry the flame and pass it to a temporary burner that will be visible to tourists at the site while work is under way.
 
Cemetery officials say the work will take about three weeks and should be completed by late May, when the flame will be passed back to the original site.
 
A temporary flame was used from the time of Kennedy's November 1963 funeral until the permanent flame was established in 1967. Officials said repairs are needed after more than four decades of use and will include new gas lines and more efficient burners.

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