DUBLIN -- A torch lit from the eternal flame at President John F. Kennedy's graveside has arrived in Ireland ahead of ceremonies planned to mark the 50th anniversary of his 1963 visit.

The flame was flown from the United States and arrived Thursday in a specially designed miner's lamp identical to the one used to bring the Olympic flame from Athens to London last year.

Kennedy became the first American president to visit Ireland during his well-remembered four-day visit that celebrated the family's Irish roots.

On Saturday, his daughter Caroline Kennedy and his sister Jean Kennedy Smith will use the torch to light an "emigrant flame" in the town of New Ross.

Officials say the flame will symbolize the many emigrants, including JFK's great-grandfather, who left Ireland to start anew.

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  • G8 leaders (L-R) Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Putin flavoured ice creams are advertised at a petrol station near to the G8 summit on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • Leaders (L-R) President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and European Council President Herman Van Rumpuy, stand for the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • G8 leaders (L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, France's President Francois Hollande, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta arrive for the family photograph on the second day of the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland on June 18, 2013. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • (L-R) President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and European Council President Herman Van Rumpuy, arrive for the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • (L-R) President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and European Council President Herman Van Rumpuy, arrive for the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Leaders (L-R) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama stand for the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, turns and laughs following the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Leaders (L-R) President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and European Council President Herman Van Rumpuy, walk back into the hotel following the 'family' group photograph at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • U.S. President Barack Obama (C-R), British Prime Minister David Cameron (C), French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin (C-L), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) along with other G8 leaders take part in the second Plenary Session of the G8 summit at Lough Erne on June 18, 2013 near Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)