Just days after being assassinated in an open motorcade through the streets of Dallas during a campaign trip through Texas, President John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. , on this day in history, November .25, 1963.
President Kennedy, along with two Kennedy children, are buried today in Lot 45, Section 30, of Arlington National Cemetery, according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
“The permanent graves are located approximately 20 feet east of the site where the president was temporarily buried on November 25, 1963,” the library’s website also states.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, NOV. ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, JOHN F. KENNEDY, 35TH PRESIDENT, WAS MURDERED
“Each is marked by a simply inscribed gray slate tablet.”
The burial of the slain president, who was just 46 when he was assassinated, followed a somber, nationally televised funeral process.
JFK had not specified where he wanted to be buried, according to History.com.
“Most of his family and friends assumed he would have chosen land in his home state of Massachusetts,” the site also notes.
JFK “qualified for a plot at Arlington National Cemetery, but he also deserved a special site befitting his presidential status.”
As a World War II veteran, he “qualified for a plot at Arlington National Cemetery, but he also deserved a special site worthy of his presidential status.”
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, saying it was ‘so beautiful I could stay. forever “”, the same underlines the site.
After Kennedy was killed on November 22, 1963, the friend who accompanied JFK to Arlington that day “forwarded the comment to the president’s brother-in-law, Sargent Shriver, who suggested the site to Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of the President “. .com also reports.
“Jackie, who was responsible for the final decision, visited the site on November 24 and agreed. ‘It belongs to the people,’ she said,” the site also notes.
Jackie Kennedy “lit the first eternal flame, and a few days later the tomb was surrounded by a white picket fence”.
The then-first lady also reportedly asked if cemetery workers could erect “some kind of eternal flame at the grave site,” History.com explains.
“Cemetery officials scrambled to assemble a makeshift Hawaiian torch under a wire dome, covered in dirt and evergreen branches. The flame was fueled by copper tubing from a propane tank located at 300 feet.”
Then, after the November 25 military graveside ceremony, Jackie Kennedy “lit the first eternal flame, and a few days later the grave was surrounded by a white palisade.”
The Eternal Flame now “burns from the center of a 5-foot circular flat granite stone located at the head of the President’s Tomb”.
The following month, in December 1963, “Jackie Kennedy returned to the grave and was photographed kneeling in prayer amidst a sea of wreaths and bouquets left by recent visitors”.
The Eternal Flame today “burns from the center of a 5-foot circular flat granite stone located at the head of the President’s Tomb,” the JFK Library site notes.
“The burner, a specially designed device, which was created by the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago, consists of a nozzle and an electric ignition system.”
The library also notes, “A constantly flashing electric spark near the tip of the nozzle re-ignites the gas if the flame is extinguished by rain, wind, or accidents. The fuel is natural gas mixed with appropriate amounts of air to control the color and shape of the flame.”
The library also states: “The entire site, totaling approximately 3.2 acres, has been set aside by the Secretary of the Army with the approval of the Secretary of Defense to honor the memory Of the president”.
He also says: “The land was kept for the nation as a whole and was not ceded to the Kennedy family.
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“The area is now suitably landscaped with new planting intermingled with some of the historic trees.”
“While magnolias predominate, there are crabapple, willow oak, hawthorn, yellowwood, American holly, and cherry trees interspersed with flowering plants and shrubs.”
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More than three million people visit Arlington National Cemetery each year.