- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 27, 2009

The motorcade taking Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on a farewell journey past the hometown places he so loved has arrived at Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, where Mr. Kennedy will lie in repose.

The cortege began at about 2 p.m. following a private Mass at the family’s home in Hyannis Port, Mass., that was attended by family members — including niece Caroline, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, and son Patrick, a Rhode Island congressman.

The flag-draped casket was carried from the grand, white-shingled home to a black hearse by members of the military as the Kennedy family watched in silence.

Stretches of the 70-mile trip were lined with thousands of mourners carrying flags and farewell signs while squinting in the late-summer sun. Along empty stretches of highway, motorists stopped their vehicles on overpasses to watch the motorcade of black limousines accompanied by a police escort.

The motorcade passed St. Stephen’s Church, where Mr. Kennedy’s mother, Rose, was baptized and her funeral Mass celebrated. It also crossed the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, the Boston park that Mr. Kennedy helped create and that is named for his mother, and then passed historic Faneuil Hall, where Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino rang the bell 47 times, once for each year Mr. Kennedy served in the Senate.

Mr. Kennedy died Tuesday night from brain cancer. He was 77.

The motorcade arrived at the presidential library about 4:50 p.m. The public viewing there is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m., then Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The viewings will be followed by a private memorial service Friday evening. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston. President Obama is scheduled to speak during the service.

Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush &#8212 all of the living former presidents — also will attend the funeral.

Mr. Kennedy’s body will be flown later Saturday to the Washington area, where he will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near his slain brothers, President Kennedy and former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

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