Visitors drawn to new Kennedy gravesite

August 31, 2009

Hundreds of people  lined up at  Arlington National Cemetery Sunday to visit the grave site of  Edward Kennedy a day after the long-time senator from Massachusetts was laid to rest in a private service.

A simple cross and a memorial tablet mark the gravesite, near those of  the late senator’s brothers,  Senator Robert Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.  On Sunday, small bouquets of flowers were placed on the ground nearby.

Edward Kennedy died last week, at age 77, after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

Several hundred people stood in line in the hot sun to visit his grave — a small group was already waiting when the cemetery opened at 8 a.m., The Washington Post reported. That area of the cemetery had been closed to the public since early Saturday morning.

Kennedy’s widow,  children, extended family and close friends attended a private burial service Saturday evening as darkness fell on Washington.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas ( Gravesite of late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery)


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What a beautiful, sad and inspiring display of love, respect and honor for Senator Ted Kennedy. I watched all of the coverage on television. I was moved to tears of appreciation and sadness as a politician for the people has gone. RIP Senator. God bless you.

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I extend my sincere condolences to sen Kennedy and his family,and applaud the contrition in his message to the Pope. but i sincerely hope his welcome will be “well done good faithful servant”and not because of his democratic party line stance on social issues,”sorry but i don,t know you”?

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