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Eternal flame restored at JFK gravesite near DC

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 2:12pm  ET

Army Col. Michelle Stewart, Arlington National Cemetery Chief Engineer and Acting Chief of Staff, holds the torch used to transfer the Eternal Flame from its temporary location back to its permanent home Tuesday morning at Arlington National Cemetery. New gas lines and new burner components were installed as part of the restoration project at President John F. Kennedy's gravesite. (WTOP/Brennan Haselton)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- 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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