Senator Kennedy’s final resting spot
The site is about 200 feet south of the eternal flame that marks John Kennedy’s grave, a popular tourist draw directly across the river from Washington.
Robert Kennedy’s gravesite, marked by a simple white wooden cross, lies about 95 feet away.
It was not clear what type of headstone will be on Teddy Kennedy’s site, or whether it will include a granite plaza similar to those of his brothers, a cemetery spokesperson said.
All three sites are on a steep grassy hillside, directly below the graceful mansion that was home to Robert E. Lee, the general who led Confederate troops in the Civil War.
The U.S. government seized the property during the war. As the body count mounted, U.S. generals turned the property into a military cemetery to ensure it would have no commercial value were Lee to return. Lee’s son won the property back in court, then sold it to the government for $150,000.
The cemetery now holds the remains of more than 300,000 veterans of all of the nation’s wars, from the American Revolution through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are roughly 6,400 funerals each year.
Kennedy will join 155 other members of Congress who are buried at the cemetery.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Jim Young (Funeral planners look over the site where Kennedy will be buried)