Arlington, Virginia: JFK's Eternal Flame and Grave

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Arlington National Cemetery

Address:
Sheridan Drive, Arlington, VA
Directions:
I-395 exit 8-B (Arlington National Cemetery) to Hwy 27. Stay in the left lane until reaching the traffic circle (on the Virginia side of the Memorial Bridge). Bear right in the left lane around the traffic the circle to Memorial Drive. You will see the Arlington House at the cemetery on the hill ahead. Follow signs to visitor parking. Go to the Welcome Center and get walking directions to JFK's grave.
Hours:
Daily summer 8-7, off-season 8-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
877-907-8585
Admission:
Free
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Eternal Flame and grave.

JFK's Eternal Flame and Grave

John F. Kennedy was only 46 when he was killed, and hadn't given much thought to his grave. Jackie came up with the eternal flame concept less than 24 hours before he was buried, inspired by one she'd seen in France.

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Jack and Jackie.

JFK's Eternal Flame and Grave

Jackie and JFK, to the right of RFK's nondescript grave, up a short set of stairs. Slippery when wet!

[Kim, 02/05/2014]
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