Washington - November 22, 2013
Fifty years ago today, on November 22nd, 1963, the 35th American president was assassinated in Dallas, TX. While plans were initially made to bury Kennedy alongside other family members in Massachusetts, JFK's gravesite was instead changed to its current location in Arlington, VA. On a prior visit, the president had spoken of the peacefulness of the locale, and a decision was quickly made to make the hillside near the Arlington House the beloved leader’s final resting place.
The idea for the Eternal Flame came from first lady Jackie Kennedy, while a close friend, architect John Carl Warnecke, designed the site. The entire installation was prepared in under 24 hours by a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers team, in time for the president’s funeral on Monday, November 25th.
On March 15th, 1967, the Eternal Flame was opened to the public. More than 16 million people visited the site in its first three years, and it continues to attract thousands of visitors on a daily basis.
There’s no denying that with all of the government buildings and jet-black Secret Service SUVs driving around its city streets, Washington, DC is a fairly serious city. However, on our way to the Verizon Center, we spotted a wrecking ball that brought a smile to our faces. Evidently, those charged with using the crane to knock things down have a certain sense of humour, in addition to being big fans of the game Angry Birds. We’ve yet to see green pigs wandering around town, however…