whats memorialized at JFK’s grave site and what does the grave site ask you to remember?

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Question by Lulu: whats memorialized at JFK's grave site and what does the grave site ask you to remember?
and not just "his presidency" and "that he was great man," is there anything more metaphorical about it?

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Answer by followpol
JFK is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Original thinking was to bury him closer to home in Mass., but Arlington was decided on because JFK visited there earlier in 1963 and admired it because of its peaceful atmosphere. There is a permanent flame at the site. Jackie wanted it. It was reminiscent of the eternal flame at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Also, she had read a book called "Candle in the Wind." It was the 4th book in the series, "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White. The musical Camelot was based on this. Jack and Jackie loved Camelot and many compared the Kennedy administration to Camelot. The inscriptions on the wall are quoted from JFK's inaugural speech, though some have been shortened. A simple headstone is supposed to symbolize New England austerity. The whole layout of the site is supposed to remind people of JFK's Christian faith.

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