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‘Ted’ Kennedy takes his final journey
Washington, Aug 28 (Agencies):
Published on 28 Aug. 2009 11:17 PM IST
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The body of Ted Kennedy has begun its final journey, first past Boston landmarks bearing his family’s famous name and then to his slain brother’s presidential library where mourners lined up by the thousands to bid farewell to him and an American political dynasty. Crowds stand by as the hearse bearing the coffin of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) proceeds down Hanover Street: Ted Kennedy takes his final journey through Boston. Crowds assembled along the 70-mile route that snaked from the family’s compound in Hyannis Port to the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, where his body lay in repose. More than 20,000 people waited in line to file past his closed casket and mark the end of a national political chapter that was equal parts triumph and tragedy. Senator Edward Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, who greeted well-wishers filing past the casket, said the outpouring was deeply moving for the family. “I just want to thank them so much for coming this evening and showing love and support for my husband,” she said. “It’s a tremendous solace to all our family.” For many, it was hard to untangle Sen Kennedy’s larger-than-life role as statesman from his role as neighbour and local celebrity, whether he was taking a turn conducting the Boston Pops or throwing out the first pitch for the Red Sox. “It was Teddy’s home team. It just seemed appropriate to leave him the cap,” said James Jenner, 28, placing a Sox cap he was wearing near the entrance to the library. “It symbolises everything that he loved about his home state and everything he was outside the Senate.” The motorcade started in Hyannis Port, at the Cape Cod home where Sen Kennedy’s family held a private mass. Eighty-five relatives travelled in the motorcade. They passed several sites that were significant to the senator, including St. Stephen’s Church, where his mother, Rose, was baptized and her funeral mass celebrated, and a Boston park he helped create that was named for his mother. Among those making the trip were Sen Kennedy’s nieces Caroline, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, and Maria Shriver, daughter of his late sister Eunice; and his son Patrick Kennedy, a Rhode Island congressman. Mourners crowded the end of the barricaded road leading to the family compound before the motorcade departed. Virginia Cain, 54, said she walked 2 miles from her summer home in Centerville so she could watch the procession and witness history. “I can remember where I was when President Kennedy died, and I’ll remember where I was when the senator left Hyannis Port,” she said.

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