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TEDDY … GOING HOME

Military Honor Guard Places Sen. Kennedy's Body To His Awaiting Hearse

Military Honor Guard Places Sen. Kennedy's Body To His Awaiting Hearse

Mourners Bid Farewell to Kennedy at JFK Library

A motorcade carrying the body of Sen. Edward Kennedy passed miles of mourners Thursday as it proceeded from the Cape Cod home where he spent his final days to the presidential library in Boston bearing the name of one of his slain brothers.

Tears were flowing and emotions ran high as mourners paid their final respects Thursday to Sen. Edward Kennedy, known affectionately as Teddy, the youngest son of a political dynasty that spanned the 20th century.

The doors have opened for the public viewing of Kennedy outside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum where mourners had collected for hours before the viewing Thursday.

The casket arrived after a motorcade traveled 70 miles from the family compound in Cape Cod past sites of significance to his life.

Hundreds of people lined the route to the library, where his body will lie in repose for two days.

He is to be buried Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (read more)

Thousands line streets to say goodbye to a legend

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Ryan Martin-Hagemeyer, 10, of Hyde Park looked on as the hearse carrying the body of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, approached St. Stephen’s Church on Hanover Street in the North End

By Donovan Slack, Stephanie Ebbert, Noah Bierman, Maria Sacchetti, and David Abel, Globe Staff

Church bells rang and crowds of people lined the streets of Boston this afternoon to wave, applaud, and sometimes weep, in a final goodbye to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate, as his hearse rolled slowly past.
“The Kennedys were loved not just in Boston, they’ve helped the country as a whole,” said an emotional James Stacey of Austin, Texas, who watched the motorcade, which also included 85 Kennedy family members, roll through the city’s North End.

“The power of all they’ve done historically is amazing,” his wife, Marla, said of the Kennedy family, as tears ran down her cheeks.

The motorcade, which started out at the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod shortly after 2 p.m, found well-wishers holding signs and waving American flags scattered all along its route as it headed toward Boston. One sign said, “I thank you for what you did for all of us.” Another wished Kennedy “Fair winds and calm seas.”

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Motorcade passes Boston touchstones for Kennedy

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Senator Edward M. Kennedy unveiled a plaque on Dec. 6, 1996, in the North End in memory of his mother at St. Stephen’s Church, where she had been baptized.

The motorcade bearing the body of Senator Edward M. Kennedy this afternoon passed several Boston touchstones in his life:

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

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The park that Senator Kennedy joined community leaders in creating provides open green space in the heart of the city, on the site of a former highway. In December 2005, he gave $1 million to the park’s endowment, saying it was “a high honor” for his mother and his family to have the Greenway named after her. “She would have been enormously appreciative and grateful.” The park sits on the same land young Rose Fitzgerald enjoyed as a child.

St. Stephen’s Church

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St. Stephen’s Church on Hanover Street is where the senator’s mother, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, was baptized in 1890. Her funeral Mass was held here in 1995. A plaque outside features her quote: “The most important element in human life is faith.”

Faneuil Hall

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On Nov. 7, 1979, Senator Kennedy stood under the portrait of Daniel Webster and the Senate in Faneuil Hall and announced his run for the US presidency. “This country is not prepared to sound retreat. It is ready to advance. It is willing to take a stand, and so am I,” he told the nation. Today Mayor Menino will ring the bell 47 times, in honor of the number of Kennedy’s years in the Senate.

122 Bowdoin Street

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This is where Ted Kennedy opened his first office as an assistant district attorney and where President Kennedy lived while running for Congress in 1946. It was the president’s voting address in 1960 when he defeated Richard Nixon for the presidency.

JFK Federal Building

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The procession passed the federal building, where Senator Kennedy’s office stood for decades.

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum

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(Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/file May 2009)

The procession ended at the JFK Library in Dorchester, a memorial Senator Kennedy spent decades building into a national treasure as a place of debate on the issues important to the American people and as a source of inspiration for future generations of public servants. In his museum dedication speech in 1979, he said: “For all who knew President Kennedy, this moment is a culmination, a happy rendezvous with history that makes his memory come alive. In dedicating this library we honor Jack. And in honoring Jack, we honor the best in our country and ourselves.”

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SENATOR EDWARD “TED” KENNEDY HAS JUST DIED

Senator Kennedy (1932-2009)

Senator Kennedy (1932-2009)

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy dead

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77. “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” a family statement said. developing story
(PERSONAL NOTE:  I have admired the Kennedy family almost all of my life.  I appreciate the love of public service exhibited by Senator Kennedy and the entire Kennedy family.  I offer my sincere heartfelt condolences to Senator Kennedy’s family.  God bless all of you.  The Senator will be missed by Liberals, Independents and Conservatives). posted by rightthingtodo  8/26/09  2:03 am

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OBAMACARE 2009, NOT PRESIDENTIAL

I don’t have health care insurance right now because I lost my job last year.   I am paying out of pocket for everything and I am managing okay.  Yes, I miss the coverage that I had when I worked but I  have made major adjustments.  The one thing that I do not want is government sponsored health care.  If you listened to President Obana, someone like me would be the perfect target for the scam that he is trying to peddle to the American people.  Well, guess what?  I’m not interested and it appears that I am not alone!!  Thank God, the American people have responded to Obama’s con game with a resounding NOT INTERESTED!

Does he think we are stupid?  He has brought the SWAMP POLITICS FROM CHICAGO  with him to the White House.   Those of us here in Chicago recognize his thug tactics … it’s just too bad that the country did not find out about his true nature during the 2008 campaign.  We have the Obama Media to blame for that.  If you watch him carefully, you will not miss the ruthless way he handles anyone who disagrees with him …. in other words, JUST SHUT UP AND GET OUT OF HIS WAY!  CHICAGO STYLE, FOLKS!

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