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Eternal Flame Restored at JFK’s Arlington Gravesite

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Randy Barton, an Arlington National Cemetery engineering technician, lights a torch from the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame to transfer the flame to a temporary burner at Arlington National Cemetery April 29, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo credit: Patrick Bloodgood/U.S. Army via Getty Images)

Randy Barton, an Arlington National Cemetery engineering technician, lights a torch from the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame to transfer the flame to a temporary burner at Arlington National Cemetery April 29, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo credit: Patrick Bloodgood/U.S. Army via Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The eternal flame at the gravesite of former President John F. Kennedy has been restored at Arlington National Cemetery.

On Tuesday, the cemetery transferred the flame from a temporary burner to the restored permanent eternal flame that is part of a memorial to the 35th president.

Repairs began in April to replace components of the eternal flame’s burner. Contractors installed new gas and air lines, a new burner assembly and new drainage lines below the flame.

The work was supposed to be completed by late May. But the flame remained on a temporary burner through October. The temporary flame was visible to tourists during the project.

Officials said the repairs were needed after more than four decades of use. The cemetery says the new equipment will provide easier maintenance.

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