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

Source: Army has approached Kennedy family about burial at Arlington

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. 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 |
  2. Henry

    Nothing left to say. All who posted before me said it all.

    Rest peacefully.

    August 26, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Johnny DC

    I agree with the sentiments of other posters. I disagreed with almost everything this man did in his political career, but he served publicly for decades and decades, which is more than most of us will ever be able to say. Same goes for George W. Bush, but I doubt he'll get the same response from Liberals. We shall see.

    RIP, Senator.

    August 26, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. a progressive liberal and proud of it

    A man who was always in the corner of the poor and unfortunate. So much of the progress this country has seen in civil rights, education and human rights is because of Teddy Kennedy. A man who could have spent his entire life doing nothing to help his fellow country men and women, but instead chose to fight the good fight for the betterment of all. A real American, who worked as hard as he could, right up to the end for America. I'd love to see the "reunion" of the brothers, all four of them, and their beloved sister. He's one of the last of his kind and he's missed already.

    August 26, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. OldSchoolVet

    There are no words that fit.
    The three brothers will now be togeather again.
    It is fitting and sad at the same time.
    May the Lion rest in peace

    August 26, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Peter

    May the dear Lord rest your soul in eternal peace, we loved you but God loved you Most!!

    August 26, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Dave

    Really hope the late great Senator Kennedy is buried at Arlington, he certainly deserves it. I am a conservative Republican and wish Senator Kennedy could have served in the Senate forever, he is truly a class individual and a very effective legislator. ALL of America is mourning today, RIP Teddy !!!!!

    August 26, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Low

    Not only was Ted a great defender of hope, but he reallcard for all man kind.

    August 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Mr. T

    Sen. Kennedy, Sir I salute you.

    August 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |

    RIP Sen Kennedy now lets pass Healthcare and let his dream live on!

    August 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. Fan

    RIP Sen. Kennedy. Your loyal service to our Nation was so appreciated. You could have done anything with your life and you chose to help the poor and stand up for their rights. God bless you.

    August 26, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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