VA -- Arlington Natl Cemetery -- Kennedy Gravesites:
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ARLKEN_211225_010.JPG: Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
ARLKEN_211225_022.JPG: This lady was bringing (fake) flowers to put on some of the graves.
ARLKEN_211225_044.JPG: Robert Francis Kennedy
ARLKEN_211225_049.JPG: There were a shit-load of wreaths on the section that had all of JFK quotes.
ARLKEN_211225_105.JPG: In the long history of the world
only a few generations have been granted
the role of defending freedom
in its hour of maximum danger
I do not shrink from this responsibility
I welcome it
ARLKEN_211225_112.JPG: Now the trumpet summons us again
not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need
not as a call to battle, though embattled we are
but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle
a struggle against the common enemies of man
tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.
ARLKEN_211225_126.JPG: The energy, the faith, the devotion
which we bring to this endeavor
will light our country
and all who serve it
and the glow from that fire
can truly light the world
ARLKEN_211225_129.JPG: And so, my fellow Americans:
ask not what your country can do for you
ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not
what America will do for you, but what together
we can do for the freedom of man.
I had to clear part of this section off in order to find the quote underneath.
ARLKEN_211225_137.JPG: Let every nation know
whether it wishes us well or ill
that we shall pay any price, bear any burden
meet any hardship, support any friend
oppose any foe to assure the survival
and the success of liberty.
ARLKEN_211225_140.JPG: Let the word go forth
from this time and place
to friend and foe alike
that the torch has been passed
to a new generation of Americans
ARLKEN_211225_146.JPG: With a good conscience our only sure reward
with history the final judge of our deeds
let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing
and His help, but knowing that here on earth
God's work must truly be our own
This entire section was covered by wreaths. I didn't realize a quote was underneath until I looked at the structure, found the center stone, and counted, determining something was missing on the right. The quote was buried underneath. I felt like an archaeologist.
ARLKEN_211225_152.JPG: This was after I had cleared the wreaths off.
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Wikipedia Description: John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame
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The John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame is a presidential memorial at the gravesite of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. This permanent site replaced a temporary grave and eternal flame used at the time of President Kennedy's state funeral on November 25, 1963, three days after his assassination. The site was designed by architect John Carl Warnecke, a long-time friend of the president. The permanent John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame grave site was consecrated and opened to the public on March 15, 1967.
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