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Eternal flame transferred back to permanent place on Kennedy's grave

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Eternal flame transferred back to permanent place on Kennedy's grave
The eternal flame and grave of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy are seen at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on November 16, 2013. November 22nd will make the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The eternal flame on U.S. President John F. Kennedy's grave in Arlington National Cemetery was relit Tuesday with the flame transferred from a temporary holder.

Army Secretary John McHugh used a torch to transfer the flame, The Washington Post reported. He was accompanied by Col. Michelle Stewart, the cemetery's acting chief of staff, and escorted by a military honor guard.

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The flame was moved to a nearby temporary holder several months ago while repairs were carried out at the memorial.

Kennedy was buried at Arlington in Virginia on Nov. 25, 1963, three days after he was assassinated in Dallas. His wife, Jacqueline, lit the eternal flame.

The president's body and the flame were transferred to a permanent memorial site at Arlington three years later.

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