Veterans eternal flame in Lyndon to be relighted

The eternal flame at the John F. Kennedy grave site in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia Photo Credit: Tim Evanson

LYNDON, Kan. (AP) — An eternal flame soon will be relighted at a veterans’ memorial on the northwest corner of the Osage County Courthouse.

The Topeka Capital-Journal ( reports that the flame is part of a monument that was dedicated in 1969. But the gas flame was snuffed out in the mid-1970s because of rising gas prices. American Legion Post 125 commander Jayson Massey says he felt it was his duty to see that the memorial’s torch was refurbished.

Several months ago, the torch was removed and a Topeka company was hired to complete the refurbishment. The torch was repainted, retrofitted and rewired to use floodlights rather than a gas-fueled flame. So far, the project has cost about $670.

A rededication is planned for Nov. 11 as part of Lyndon’s Veterans Day events.


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