Ted Kennedy’s body will be leaving his beloved Massachusetts, apparently forever, on Saturday, (Aug 29, 2009.
The senior senator, who represented his state in the U.S. Senate for 43-years, will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, that same afternoon.
Massachusetts is saddened greatly to see you go, Senator Kennedy. Part of you will forever remain here, with us.
I wonder if Joe and Ethel Kennedy thought, back when they were raising a family in the early 1900’s, that three of their sons – John Fitzgerald Kennedy, JFK (1963); Robert “Bobby” Kennedy, (1968) and now, Ted Kennedy, (2009) – would be buried alongside each other at one of the most famous cemeteries in the world.
Only two presidents are buried at Arlington Cemetery: William Howard Taft (1930) and the senator’s brother, JFK. Ted Kennedy will also be in the presence of four Chief Justices of the United States: William Howard Taft, Earl Warren, Warren Burger and William Rehnquist.
Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Virginia), is a military cemetery and a visit there is a step back in time. The cemetery was established during The Civil War, and is located near the Pentagon, directly across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. The land once belonged to the estate of the family of Robert Lee’s wife.
More than four million people visit the cemetery each year and about 100 graveside services are conducted there each week.
Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public everyday at 8:00 AM.
It closes at 7PM from April 1 to September 30…and for the rest of the year it closes at 5:00PM.
Senator Kennedy’s journey to Arlington begins on Saturday, August 28, 2009.
According to the Kennedy family, the Senator’s funeral mass will take place at a private church service at 9:00AM, Saturday morning.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be present. Also expected are: President Clinton, President George W. Bush and President Jimmy Carter. President George H.W Bush, Sr., won’t be attending.
But many of the Senators colleagues are expected to be there, and I’m now hearing that world-famous Spanish tenor Placido Domingo and Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma could be attending!
According to the Kennedy family, after the service, the senator’s body will be taken to Andrew’s Air Force Base where his motorcade will pass by the Capitol for a stop at the Senate steps for a brief prayer so that Senate staff and members of the broader Senate community with whom the Senator worked can bid a final farewell.
From Andrews Air Force base, Senator Kennedy’s motorcade will travel along the east plaza of the US Capitol building and go past the Senate Chamber steps. The motorcade will then proceed to Arlington National Cemetery.
5:30 p.m. A burial service for Senator Kennedy will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. The burial service is closed to the public.
The family says Senator Kennedy spent a lot of time at Arlington Cemetery, visiting the graves of his beloved brothers and paying tribute to the fallen men and women of Massachusetts who gave their lives for our country.
Now it’s our turn to go and visit him…who gave so much of his life to this country.