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Los Angeles Olympic Coliseum cauldron relit in honor of JFK

Nov 22, 2013, 10:35 AM EST

The cauldron at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the iconic site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, was relit at 12:01 a.m. Friday in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s death.

It will stay lit for 24 hours, according to Los Angeles reports.

The 1960 Democratic National Convention was held in Los Angeles. Kennedy gave his nomination acceptance speech at the Coliseum, an address that became known as “The New Frontier” speech.

“Earlier in the week, I got a call from Congresswoman Janice Hahn from our nation’s capital suggesting that the torch be lit,” Councilman Tom LaBonge said in a statement, according to Los Angeles reports. “I quickly called USC President C. L. Max Nikias. I am now joined with Councilmember Curren Price and the entire City Council in thanking USC for this tribute. “

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