Just days after he was killed by a motorcade of open cars on the streets of Dallas while on a Texas campaign tour, President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on this historic day in November. 25, 1963.
According to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, President Kennedy and the two Kennedy babies are buried today in Lot 45, Section 30, Arlington National Cemetery.
“Permanent graves are located approximately 20 feet east of where the president was temporarily buried on November 25, 1963,” the library’s website also says.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, NOVEMBER. January 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy, 35th president, is assassinated.
“Each is marked with a gray slate tablet with a simple inscription.”
The funeral of the slain president, who was only 46 years old at the time of the assassination, was accompanied by a grim funeral ceremony, which was broadcast on national television.
According to History.com, Kennedy did not specify where he would like to be buried.
“Most of his family and friends assumed he would have chosen a site in his home state of Massachusetts,” the site also notes.
Kennedy “is entitled to a plot at Arlington National Cemetery, but he has also earned a special place befitting his presidential status.”
As a veteran of World War II, he “is entitled to a plot at Arlington National Cemetery, but he has also earned a special place befitting his presidential status.”
In the spring before his death, President Kennedy “took an unscheduled tour of Arlington and … told a friend about the view of the Potomac from the Custis-Lee mansion, reportedly saying it was ‘so magnificent I could have stayed there forever’.” site indicates.
After Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, a friend accompanying John F. Kennedy to Arlington that day “delivered a comment to the president’s son-in-law, Sargent Shriver, who offered the job to Jacqueline Kennedy, the president’s widow.” .com also reports.
“Jackie, who was in charge of the final decision, reviewed the site on November 24th and agreed. “He belongs to the people,” she said, the website also notes.
Jackie Kennedy “lit the first eternal flame, and a few days later the grave was fenced off with a white picket fence.”
The then first lady also reportedly asked if workers at the cemetery could set up “some kind of eternal flame at the burial site,” according to History.com.
“Cemetery officials tried to assemble a makeshift Hawaiian torch under a wire dome covered in mud and evergreen branches. The flames were fed through copper pipes from a propane tank located 300 feet away.”
Then, after a military ceremony at the grave on November 25, Jackie Kennedy “lit the first eternal flame, and a few days later the burial site was surrounded by a white picket fence.”
An eternal flame now “burns at the center of a 5-foot round, flat granite stone located at the head of the President’s grave.”
The following month, in December 1963, “Jackie Kennedy returned to her grave and was photographed kneeling in prayer amid a sea of wreaths and bouquets left by recent visitors.”
The eternal flame today “burns from the center of a 5-foot round, flat granite stone located at the head of the president’s tomb,” the John F. Kennedy Library website notes.
“The burner, a specially designed apparatus that was created by the Chicago Institute of Gas Technology, consists of a nozzle and an electric ignition system.”
The library also notes: “A constantly flashing electrical 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 enough air to control color and shape. flame.”
The library also states, “The entire property, 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.”
It also states, “The land was reserved for the nation as a whole and was not given to the Kennedy family.”
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“At present, the area has been properly landscaped: new plantings are mixed with some historical trees.”
“While magnolias predominate, interspersed with flowering plants and shrubs are crabapple, willow, oak, hawthorn, yellowwood, American holly, and cherry trees.”
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More than three million people visit Arlington National Cemetery every year.