The eternal flame at the JKF gravesite has been restored at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D. C., ABC News reported Tuesday.
On Tuesday, workers at the JFK gravesite transferred the flame from a temporary burner
On Tuesday, the cemetery transferred the gas-fueled flame from a temporary burner to the restored permanent eternal flame that honors John F. Kennedy.
Why the original eternal flame had to be put out
In April, workers replaced components of the flame’s burner as a preemptive maintenance measure. Maintenance workers installed a new burner complete with new gas and air lines and new drainage lines below the flame. Officials say the replacement burner will make maintenance much easier.
The gravesite repair work was scheduled to be completed by late May, but took longer than expected. The temporary burner kept the flame going until it could be permanently replaced this week. The JFK gravesite stayed open to tourists while the work was being done.
Tourists in Washington, D. C. drawn to site
The eternal flame is one of most visited sites in the Washington, D.C. area. The somber memorial is a place where visitors can learn of the life and history of the 35th president.
JFK made his first formal visit to the cemetery on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1961. He placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. President Kennedy returned to the cemetery for Armistice Day just eleven days before his assassination in Dallas.