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Juan Rodriguez

JFK's Eternal Flame to be Replaced for the First Time Since 1963

By February 6, 2013

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Eternal Flame

The John F. Kennedy eternal flame will be upgraded to ensure that the flame remains lighted. The Eternal flame installed in 1967 is experiencing malfunction and will be redesign using a more energy-efficiency system than what is being used. The upgrade estimated at $350,000 is expected to begin in February and will take 90 days to complete. The contract requires that the contractor, Meltech Corporation, installs new electrical conduits, gas lines, relocate gas pressure regulators and fabricate new burner assemblies that will reduce utility costs.

The John F. Kennedy eternal flame at the Arlington National Cemetery will have, for the first time since November 25, 1963, when President Kennedy was laid to rest at the National Cemetery, a temporary flame that will keep the flame alive until the new burner is replaced.

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