August 26th, 2009
12:12 PM ET
5 years ago

Source: Army has approached Kennedy family about burial at Arlington

Kennedy may be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Kennedy may be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Washington (CNN) – CNN has learned that Army officials a few weeks ago met with Sen. Edward Kennedy’s staff and presented a plan that has his final resting place may be just a few feet from the graves of his brothers at Arlington National Cemetery, according to a senior Defense Department official with direct knowledge of funeral planning.

The meeting occurred at Arlington National Cemetery, the official confirmed. The plan was then given to the family by staff members. The proposed gravesite is 95 feet south of the grave of the late Senator Robert Kennedy. Arlington National Cemetery is now awaiting final word from the Kennedy family on approval of that site.

The senior official said a final decision is expected from the Kennedy family in the next two days, discussions with family representatives are ongoing at this time

Sen. Kennedy was eligible for burial at Arlington as a serving member of Congress but also on the basis he served honorably on active duty in the Army from 1951 to 1953.

The identified plot of land is currently covered with grass and is near to both Robert Kennedy’s grave and the gravesite of the late President John F. Kennedy. At this point, U.S. military ceremonial units have not received orders for participating in a funeral, but military sources say a typical congressional funeral would include military personnel at the internment, a military team to carry the casket, a firing party for a gun salute and a bugler.

Any arrangements will depend on the family wishes.


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  1. Roro

    "Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

    "O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
    Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills;
    For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning" Here Captain! dear father!

    R.I.P Sen Edward M Kennedy 1932-2009

    August 26, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Thomas

    I did not always agree with Senator Kennedy's decisions, but I honour his service to our country as a Senator and as a member of the Military. He served honourably for almost 50 years.

    August 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Lynette

    The Lion Sleeps tonight. Sweet dreams.

    August 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    Mr. Kennedy, you are now with GOD. Rest your soul after the long fought fight. Join again with your love ones and forever with them watch over and smile down on us and continue to pray for the multitudes for whom you devoted your life's work.

    While you are gone from our mist, you will live on among us forever in our thoughts and hearts. Rest your soul now Sir as we will take up your work and finish it as it should be finished. We will not rest until your fight is won.

    August 26, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Florida Joe

    I believe that as a member of Congress he is allowed to be buried at Arlington.................. but even if that was not the case, he has done a great deal of good for the working class of America. He certainly did not HAVE to fight as he did for the average American but he dedicated his life to helping people. Proud to say he was my Senator for many years and I will never forget how gracious he was to our group when we went to the US Capital..........All Americans have suffered a great loss.

    August 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom

    That's very thoughtful of Arlington. Can't imagine a more worthy civilian!

    Yes, rest in peace, champion of the down-trodden, of the sick, of the poor, the children and the elderly!

    THANK YOU, SEN. KENNEDY FOR YOUR OVER 40 YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR NATION!

    May you rest in peace!

    August 26, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. JC

    Senator Kennedy, you will be missed. Great man like him doesnt come often. So unfortunate that he wont live to see what a great country it will become next few years.

    August 26, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. John -- White Plains, NY

    Rest in peace... You've earned it. Thank you for all that you have done, on so many fronts.

    May there be peace in your family through out these most difficult days..

    August 26, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Moderate Democrat

    The Kennedy trio, brothers of one home yet a legacy to a great nation.
    R.I.P. Ted.
    Thank you always for what you (and your brothers before you) did every day you rose!

    August 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. jfs Memhis, Tn

    You did your job well Teddy.............and now you can home.

    August 26, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. walleye

    How refreshing in todays political world to have had someone with such wealth, realize and try to assist those who have less. God will have a special place for Teddy.

    August 26, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Roxanne

    Senator Ted Kennedy has done so much for this country. You will be missed by many. Sleep dear Lion and rest in Peace.

    God Bless the Kennedy Family
    Roxanne

    August 26, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Peter-Chicago

    A continuing reminder of our duty to lift up those less fortunate. RIP, dear Ted.

    August 26, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    I am sure there are those who only want to focus on the negative aspects of the senator's life and many of those on the right as I have read already on many forums have chosen to do just that sad to say. But unlike Vice President Cheney and Rush Limbaugh, Sentator Kennedy DID become a member of the armed services and put his life on the line for his country and he was already a wealthy man when he did it. He belongs beside his brothers in Arlington as a true hero of our nation and no matter if you lean to the left or the right I don't think you can deny him that fact.

    August 26, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. true blue american in PA

    Whatsoever you do for the least of my people. A true Christian and humanitarian that will be missed by the poeple he fought for and even those that didn't agree with him.

    The Kennedy's.... a true American Family.

    As a tribute to his life I can only hope we get health care reform passed with his name on it but then....there are none so blind as those who will not see.

    August 26, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Cynthia

    I cried for this man this morning. I know he was probably suffering and it was best for him. But it is hard to find good people like that. He was rich but he never forgot about the people that did not have. He will be missed!!!

    August 26, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Karon

    He should be buried by his brothers! He served us well in Congress. I hope now that they name the Health Care Reform bill after him and it passes speedily thru Congress. It would be a fitting tribute to his tireless work.

    Yes, he had millions but both him and Eunice Shriver preferred to work to help the poor and middle class – she by the Special Olympics and him by all the bills he helped pass (civil rights, medicare, CHIPS, etc.).

    We will miss you.

    August 26, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    We are one great lion short in our pride from now on, but we have many cubs ready to take up the mantle.

    RIP Ted

    ...fighter of the common man, figher for justice and equality for every man woman and child, a fighter for the constitution of the US. And though many on the right may not know it, you fought for them too, to have better jobs, better wages, better lives.

    Go on and take your seat amongs the hall of your ancestors, great men who led and built this nation. Great men who fought for this nation. And great men who made this nation better. Sit among them with your head held high, their equal.

    August 26, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. nea

    A good man even when he was diagnose with cancer he still fought on to help people. A lot of people criticize Barack Obama but Ted Kennedy really like the president they really had a bond. He will truly be missed by his colleuges. He was a true HERO!

    August 26, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Debby

    A great gesture by the army for a good man.

    August 26, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. CB

    To clarify, merely being a member of the Armed Froces in the past–or being a U.s. Senator–does not make Senator Kennedy eligible for Arlington. Under the regulations, it is the combination of these two facts that make him eligible:

    "Any former member of the Armed Forces who served on active duty (other than for training) and who held any of the following positions:

    1.An elective office of the U.S. Government . . ."

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    August 26, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Coeurdazur

    Place him with his brothers...He carried the torch to the end for them and his family. I wish his family the peace and satisfaction that the Senator gave this country his all and always his best effort.

    August 26, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Susan, Macedon New York

    Ted Kennedy is a fine example for all politicians to follow – especially those who have made mistakes. He never stopped serving his state and his country and believed firmly in bipartisanship. He always remembered that he represented the people of his state and helped them as much as he could.

    I wish that all politicians have his work ethic and his deep commitment to the people. We can only hope that they follow his wishes now and support health care reform – his dearest cause.

    August 26, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Post always rejected by CNN

    If he is eligible and his family agrees what's the problem. I say he was close to his brothers in their short life why not be close in eternity.

    August 26, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Jim

    By virtue of having been an elected official of the US Government Sen. Kennedy qualified for burial in Arlington.
    And to those of you who marginalize his 2 years of service as a draftee – shame on you, there are plenty of Vets who served and died in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam who were draftees.

    RIP Sen. Kennedy

    August 26, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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