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.