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JFK's Eternal Flame Fire Arrives In Ireland

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 18: Lt. Col. Brendan Delaney, of the Irish Defence Forces passes the Eternal Flame to Frank Stephens, a representative from the Special Olympics in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, on June 18, 2013. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | Getty

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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