John F. Kennedy’s Gravesite To Be Restored

October 31st, 2010 - 7:31 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
jfkOct 31, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Workers are now making an effort to restore the celebrated words of Late President of America John F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery. Several workers were seen as they were trying to re-stain the letters inscribed on his tomb, that says, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”, the same sentenced which he once used during the 1963 inaugural address. This speech has also been inscribed on the wall of the cemetery.

People from all over world has considered the Arlington National Cemetery as an important place to visit in Washington. However, with time and lack of maintenance, the famous inscription on his tomb and the wall got faded away. Its poor condition first came to notice to the members of the Knights of Columbus, a catholic organization of which John F. Kennedy was a member. The Spokesman of Knights of Columbus, Patrick Korten said that it could hardly be understood what was written on the wall or his tomb. Therefore, the organization decided to contribute for the restoration and make an attempt to re-stain his quotes. They have contributed the Arlington National Cemetery with $6,000, as reported by Patrick Korten.

The work will be supervised by 71-year-old stone mason John Everett Benson, who curved this stone all by himself several years back in 1963. Historical conservator, Gordon Ponsford will be putting fresh strokes on the letters to give it a new look. The work apparently began on Thursday and will continue for a week. The new curving will be done on 30-ton pieces of Deer Isle granite. The restoration of the stone curving will mark the 50 anniversary of the late American president.

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