Visitors lined up Sunday at Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, a day after the Massachusetts senator was buried not far from his two slain brothers. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Arlington National Cemetery gravesite of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy opened to the public at 8 a.m. Sunday, a little less than 12 hours after he was buried.
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His brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, are buried a few hundred feet away in the sprawling cemetery in Virginia. The gravesite is identical to that of his brother Robert. It features a two-and-a-half-foot white cross and a marble marker, which reads "Edward Moore Kennedy 1932-2009."
A temporary ropeline was set up for people to approach the gravesite and pay their respects, but there are plans to build a walkway in the future. Several flowers and cards were left by visitors in the hours following the opening of the site.
A cemetery official said the site would be closing Sunday afternoon for an expected visit from Victoria Ann Reggie Kennedy, the senator's widow.
–CNN's David de Sola contributed to this report.