August 29th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Body of Sen. Kennedy arrives at Capitol

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The hearse carrying Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's body arrived Saturday evening at the U.S. Capitol (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The hearse carrying Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's body arrived Saturday evening at the U.S. Capitol, where hundreds of lawmakers and congressional staffers awaited on the building's steps.

As the hearse and procession approached, those on the steps - who numbered at least 1,000 - applauded loudly, as did a large crowd of fans and tourists on the lawn and street in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Kennedy's widow, Vicki, hugged several of those on the steps when the procession stopped.

The Rev. Daniel Coughlin, chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, gave a short prayer, saying that Kennedy's hopes were "unquenchable, full of immortality."

"Although burned by the weight of his passing, Lord, help his co-workers and collaborators raise the torch of his convictions and commitments for a new generation yet to be born or to all those still untouched by the social responsibility inherent in every aspect of human freedom," he said.

Samuel Bonds of Washington's Duke Ellington School of the Arts led those gathered to honor the late senator in singing "America the Beautiful."

After leaving the U.S. Capitol, the procession will proceed to Arlington National Cemetery, where Kennedy will be buried, 95 feet south of the grave of his brother Sen. Robert Kennedy, which is in turn just steps away from the burial site of his brother, former President John F. Kennedy.

The late president's widow Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is also buried at Arlington.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. This over-covered funeral

    Enough already!!!! This wall-to-wall coverage is insane. Quite frankly, people outside of Washington and Massachusetts aren't that interested in all the details. He died. May he rest in peace. The end.

    August 29, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Watching the absurd parade of huge cars on CNN TV just now... How much petrol do they plan to waste on one dead politician?

    August 29, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  3. Stu-Florida

    Many thanks for your time and efforts here...
    The rest, you deserve, will be in peace.
    Travel well...

    August 29, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Tony in Maine

    We'll miss you, Teddy.

    August 29, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Sheila

    What about some commentary about the great attributes of the Kennedy sisters?

    August 29, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. S Callahan New York

    I watched the service for Sen. Ted today...and was truly moved by his son Ted Jr.'s tribute to his father....had Vicki burst into tears at that point...or should I say ..if the media captured that....I think the whole world would have been crying with her. It was truly moving and such a blessing for him (Ted) in his moving on (passing). The other moving event was Ave Maria...that song was sang in the soulness it was born..absolutely beautifully done. God's speed to the Kennedy's.

    This country would be so much better off..if all those leaders in attendance today took away with them the message of faith for our future and applied it to their daily life in work, family and play.

    August 29, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Jacob

    thank you for championing gay rights, senator! may you RIP

    August 29, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. Carole

    RIP Lion........................the dream needs fulfilled of healthcare for all.

    August 29, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Michael Gash

    The Kennedy's were more than just "Camelot".
    They will always be remembered for how they served America and their dedication to the carrying on of the spirit of what our forefathers who fought the revolutionary war, wrote the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights thought that this country should be all about!!

    I morn the loss of a great and dedicated American Senator.

    August 29, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    He was one Senator that truly cared more for the little people than for Corporations or being re-elected.

    Rest in Peace, Senator Kennedy. We'll miss you.

    August 29, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Stephen

    I believe that again the newscasters have got it incorrect about the Kennedy boys...

    All F O U R boys have a grave or marker at Arlington National Cemetery. Joseph Kennedy also has a marker there.

    Please get your facts correct.....

    August 29, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Independent_me

    Ted Kennedy did not trumpet religion like so many Republicans do. Instead he lived the Christian life by looking out for the poor. He was a true Christian.
    God bless you, Teddy. God bless you.

    August 29, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. sal middono

    i am very dissappointed in the coverage of kennedy funeral if i wanted to see the monument, cemetery, eternal flame i could look on the internet folding of the flag and presentation to mrs. kennedy was more important and could not see it so i just want to say thank you cnn

    August 29, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    THANK YOU Senator Kennedy for the tireless work that you have done for the impoverished of this country. I hope your colleagues take your dying wish to heart and fight for health care and get it done.

    August 29, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Angela Gusman

    This has brought back a lot of memories. I remember when we lost President Kennedy back in the 60's, then Robert and now Ted Kennedy. How painful this must be for this family. Our country is in mourning again, but I also know that they are strong and that their faith will sustain them. Who are we to question God? They should be proud of the lives that they lived and touched. They fought hard to the end to help their fellowman (no matter what their status in life was) and hopefully their legacy will continue with their children, grandchildren,etc. I am a proud American to have witnessed these great moments in history. God bless America!! My deepest condolences to the Kennedy family.
    Psalm 149: Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of the saints.

    August 29, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. Luke Brown

    A Great Day. Thank you CNN for the excellent coverage.

    August 29, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |