August 29th, 2009
09:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

The Kennedy family gathers around the gravesite Saturday evening during the funeral for Sen. Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Kennedy family gathers around the gravesite Saturday evening during the funeral for Sen. Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery.

(CNN) - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was laid to rest Saturday after a procession through Washington that included a stop at the U.S. Capitol. Thousands lined the streets as his hearse passed by toward Arlington National Cemetery, which is across the Potomac River in Virginia.

Earlier in the day at the funeral in Boston, President Obama eulogized him as "a champion for those who had none."

A large crowd that had assembled at the steps and across the street from the Capitol applauded as the hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin pulled up, and family members emerged to greet members of Kennedy's staff and congressional colleagues.

Among them were the longest-serving senator, 91-year-old Democrat Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who has been out of the spotlight lately because of deteriorating health.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. TM in CO

    We have truely lost a great American who cared about his country and spent the majority of his adult life serving it. I just hope that everyone remembers all the good he did for this country and keeps any nasty remarks to themselves.

    August 29, 2009 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Senator Kennedy was a hero of the people and a couragous Vet.There are no cowards or rightwing draft dodgers,like Cheney and Bush in this place.

    August 29, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. benton nelson

    how fitting it was for him to be buried at night and it rain during his funeral this morning. it was very symbolic. the meaning behind the rain was that the state of massachusetts raining tears of sadness for losing a native son. the meaning of the burial not happening until sunset is it being the end of that generation of political service.

    August 29, 2009 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. Joe Fattal

    May he rest in peace. You can't replace the man that made the White House his house, and the White House occupants his tenants. Very powerful man that the senate will miss.

    August 30, 2009 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  5. Republican In NC

    A very sad day for our country. Senator Kennedy was a man of great ambition and integrity and would want our country to stand behind our leaders and support our country.
    To the Kennedy family, we have lost a tremendous leader and he will never be forgotten. Thank you for sharing Teddy Kennedy with our country all these years, he will certainly be missed. I do hope that another Kennedy will take his place soon. Teddy would love it and so would we the people of the USA.

    August 30, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Senator Edward Kennedy, for your years of service to our country. Your life of redemption, perseverance and good works is an inspiration to us all. God bless you and your family!

    August 30, 2009 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. Gambi, SC

    May God bless the soul of this great man who once fell from grace and lived out the rest of his life in service to his country and to the teachings of Christ. My heart goes out to his wife and children and to the other members of this great family. Thank you for your service Senator it pains me to say good bye.

    August 30, 2009 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. center left

    R.I.P. Sen. Kennedy. Thank you.

    August 30, 2009 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  9. Gymo

    A good man, a patriot, a man who saw a better America where we were our brothers keeper.
    A civilized America where we don't live in fear a allow ourselves to be driven to riot by fear and lies, where civil discourse and respect for our fellow Americans was not drowned out by those who would poison the airwaves with incendiary words in order for us to hate each other.

    We all need to honor Senator Kennedy by using our utterances and actions to mend an America which some would rather see rend asunder.

    August 30, 2009 01:33 am at 1:33 am |