Kennedy Funeral Schedule
Kennedy Funeral Schedule-The final chapter in the extended emotional farewell to US Senator Edward Kennedy is under way in a basilica in Boston.Saturday as dozens of Congressional colleagues gathered at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.Mr Kennedy, who died of brain cancer on Tuesday, will later be buried in Washington near his assassinated brothers, ex-President John and Robert.
An Irish wake-style memorial was held on Friday for Mr Kennedy, who was 77. Earlier, some 50,000 people paid their respects before the Massachusetts senator’s flag-draped coffin during a two-day public viewing at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library. Among the guests invited to Saturday’s Roman Catholic Mass are former Presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as some 80 serving and former senators. A number of international dignitaries are also attending the service. While White House aides would not reveal the content of the US president’s eulogy, Mr Obama was expected to focus on Mr Kennedy’s 47-year political career.
Senator Kennedy’s widow Vicki fought back tears as the coffin was then removed to be taken to the basilica. At the basilica, the flag-draped coffin was then carried into the service by an honour guard of eight servicemen. The senator’s funeral is being concelebrated by some seven priests. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston one of the most senior members of the US Catholic Church, is expected to lead the final prayers of commendation. Mr Kennedy’s coffin is being attended by some 11 pallbearers and 29 honorary pallbearers.