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ABERTHAW HISTORY:

PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S GRAVE IN ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

There are few projects in over 125 years of Aberthaw history that reach the level of significance, than that of the gravesite of President Kennedy.

In July of 1965, Aberthaw Construction Company was awarded by The Army Corps of Engineers the contract to build the permanent gravesite for President Kennedy.

 

Aberthaw was one of nine bidders for this historic project.

The architect who designed the permanent gravesite was John Carl Warnecke of John Carl Warnecke and Associates, Washington, D. C., in association with Ammann and Whitney, Structural Engineers, New York, N. Y.  

The white marble for the plaza, terrace, and steps came from Proctor, Vermont, and the granite for the approaches came from Deer Isle, Maine. 

Upon entering the general area, visitors approach the grave by way of a depressed circular walkway to a granite elliptical plaza overlooking the axial vista toward the city. The plaza is bounded by a granite wall, the relatively low top of which is tapered and inscribed with quotations from President Kennedy's Inaugural address and other speeches. From the plaza, another short flight of steps leads to the rectangular terrace and the grave plot.

The burial site was completed on 20 July 1967.