Arlington, Virginia (JFK+50) Forty-eight years ago today, March 14, 1967, the remains of the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, were re-interred in a private ceremony at The National Cemetery here in Arlington.
The John F. Kennedy Memorial Gravesite, which took more than two years to build at a cost of $2.2 million, replaced the temporary gravesite, surrounded by a white picket fence. While the temporary gravesite measured 20 by 30 feet, the new memorial site comprises 3.2 acres.
John F. Kennedy Memorial Gravesite
During the building of the permanent memorial, the remains of the President and his children were moved 20 feet down the hill and the Eternal Flame was also moved to a temporary location.
The Washington Gas and Light Company built, maintains and supplies the fuel for the Flame at no cost to the government or the Kennedy family.
The process of of restoring the remains to their final resting place began at 6:19 in the evening and was completed at 9:00. The new graves were covered by Cape Cod granite flagstones.
The flagstones, quarried a hundred years before JFK's birth, were selected by members of the family and originally located near the Kennedy compound at Hyannis Port. The granite stones are bordered by clover and sedum which give a natural appearance.
Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy chose John Carol Warnecke Associates to design her husband's permanent gravesite. She was consulted throughout the process which was completed on July 20, 1967.
A private ceremony was conducted at 7 a.m. on March 15, 1967 by Archbishop Richard Cushing and attended by Jackie, Bobby and Teddy as well as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Unfortunately, this ceremony was held in a driving rainstorm.
Mrs. John F. Kennedy's remains were interred beside President Kennedy's on May 23, 1994. Her grave marker, matching JFK's, was added on October 6, 1994. The gravesite includes the remains of the Kennedy children, Patrick Bouvier and an unnamed stillborn daughter.
"President John F. Kennedy Gravesite," Arlington National Cemetery, www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/
JFK Memorial Grave site,