- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2009

The body of Sen. Ted Kennedy will be brought to Capitol Hill for a brief prayer service Saturday after arriving from Boston, officials said Friday.

Mr. Kennedy’s body will arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, in Maryland, at about 3 p.m., then proceed by motorcade to the east plaza of the U.S. Capitol building. The service will be held on the steps of the Senate chamber where Mr. Kennedy served for 44 years. Senators and staffers are expected to attend the 4:30 p.m. service to bid Mr. Kennedy a final farewell.

The cortege will depart along storied Constitution Avenue NW for a private burial service several miles away at the National Cemetery, in Northern Virginia.

The road stretches from Capitol Hill, past the White House and over the Potomac River into Virginia. Lined by such U.S. landmarks as the Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Avenue also has been used for most state funeral processions in the nation’s capital, including Ronald Reagan’s in 2004.

Mr. Kennedy, 77, who died Tuesday night of brain cancer, will be laid to rest next to his brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The service is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Find The Washington Times’ full multimedia coverage of Mr. Kennedy in the INTERACTIVE: Remember Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“Senator Kennedy spent more days than most at Arlington, the resting place for our nations heroes, visiting the graves of his beloved brothers and paying tribute to the fallen men and women of Massachusetts who gave their lives for our country,” an official said.

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