August 26th, 2009
10:57 PM ET

Ted Kennedy Farewell Plans

Stay with CNN for coverage of Senator Ted Kennedy's farewell.

12p: Private mass at Hyannisport
1p: Depart for Boston
4p: Arrive at JFK Library in Boston after a "farewell to Boston procession" with several stops, planned among them:

  • The Rose Kennedy Greenway
  • past State House steps
  • past nearby Bowdoin street house where JFK lived
  • John F. Kennedy Federal Building
  • Boston Common
  • Faneuil Hall

6p – 11p Thursday
8a – 3p Friday

Filed under: Sen. Ted Kennedy
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Beverly Garris

    Dear Mrs. Kennedy & Family,
    It's hard to understand a loss like yours but hope you know that others are thinking of you, caring about you, praying for you, and wishing you comfort and peace.

    With Simpathy, Love, and Prayers,
    Beverly Garris & Family

    August 27, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  2. Ginny Kiernan Dahlberg, Ph.D.

    Kennedy – like every one of us! – was imperfect, but used his strengths (political, financial and personal) to work with other powerful people for the benefit of the powerless. However: as a Catholic theologian, I'd like to know how he – divorced *and* remarried (the latter is the problem) – can have his funeral at a Catholic Church. According to Church law – not that I go along with this, just as a fact – remarraige is a mortal sin, and bars one from the sacraments, or any part in Church life.

    August 27, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  3. Kennedy Lynne Brazier

    A single autumn leaf blowing freely in the wind - doesn't seem to know its time is at an end..still twirling and fighting to the coolness in the air..its change is almost final, yet the leaf is unaware.almost singing as it floats so happy and carefree– flying solo just a while, as the last one from the tree...then at last it is caught in final gusty breeze, and dances into a puddle to await the winter freeze..a reflection brings a smile of content to the joyous route he made..for it knows its path has ended but his glow will never fade..his fight against the wind was rash and sometimes bold, but the mighty wind that brushed him in.made the autumn leaf turn gold.

    God Bless You Senator.. (My name was chosen from your families strength and courage) May you find peace in your true journey home.

    Kennedy Lynne Brazier

    August 27, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  4. truthislove45

    Its appointed for man once to die then judgement. According the way Ted voted he rjected Gods will. A true servant of Gods truths would be line with Jesus Christ works. Only God knows if the man turned from (not according to vain Catholic traditions) but according to the scriptures) sin to Jesus Christ. For if he did not as many deceived souls he shall be in the flames of hell.

    August 27, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  5. Barbara Clingempeel

    Edward Kennedy, The Liberal Lion's roar has been stilled.
    The liberal lion has left this poor ol' tired earth today. He was the voice for the weak & strong, tired & vigorous, poor & rich, homeless & sheltered, saddened & contented, depressed & joyful, despairing & caring, hopeless & hopeful, sick & well, young & aged peoples of the world, particulary to those of us who have experienced one or more of the above emotions. My prayers go out to and for all of us as our liberator has finally been silenced. We shall all miss him, even those who despise him shall miss him. This larger than life, beautiful liberal lion is now at peace with the Lion of Judah. We are not alone, All of us who believe in the audacity of hope, the spirit of freedom, we need not be fearful as the lion was king of the beasts & are we not his children? They may try and persecute our bodies, but they can not, nay never persecute our minds because our legacy promises us we are the children of the Lion of Judah. Long live the "liberal lion" in all of us. We will not be defeated; We shall "overcome"! This is our "fundamental right" not a priviledge.
    Let our "roar" be heard throughout the world unto the "listening hearts" of its leaders & peoples. May we continue to remember that there once was a place named, "Camelot"...It is within our ability to return there. Let us give "Teddy" the gift he worked all his life for, just say yes to Healh care for all of us. The world will remember that one shiney moment and your children's children will know of a place where our dreams and ideals have laid buried, far too long. They will understand that we are liberated as the Lion fought so hard for us. Let us now pick up his torch and fight for the cause that benefits all peoples of this land. Let the dream return to reality. We want you to recognise that we are Americans and Senator Kennedy will continue the fight to back our President Barack Hussein Obama... This is the change we can believe in, the change that we have longed for... YES WE CAN AND YES WE WILL!.......

    August 27, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  6. steph

    I wish I could be there. How blessed we all are to have such a stunning example of human prowess. Rock on Kennedy's! Please, when these waves of morning ebb, please, Rock on.

    August 27, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  7. Santiago Rojas Jr

    Well, I just want to say CNN has been my main news my life.
    Over seas it was a great help to me during my time in the ARMY.
    living in Orlando Fl its easy to channal serf but in Germany languge
    was allways a problem.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:40 am |
  8. Betty Jean Bible

    Senator Kennedy's passing is a great loss to this country. We knew it was coming; but, it is still hard to accept. This is the end of Camelot. He did so much for all of us/ he was like a friend even though I never had the honor of meeting him personally. I wrote him once regarding my late mother's social security & received a very nice letter from him. I have never forgotten his kindness. I have read a lot of books on the Kennedys through the years & I have admired them all. My prayers go out to his family. Thank you for your wonderful coverage of a GREAT man.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:39 am |
  9. Ron H.

    Why is there so much fuss about Sen Kennedy's past behaviors ? It seems that people forget about skeletons in their own closets and focus on that they perceive as wrong in someone else's life an want to place blame, find fault and relish in the misgivings of others lifes instead of helping them to find a more excellent way. I've been listening to broadcasts on several networks that praised Sen. Kennedy then added the don't forget about what he did wrong stuff as if they themself were guiltless in all they've ever done in their life. Why talk about the mote in your brother's eye and not consider the beam in your own ?

    August 27, 2009 at 2:28 am |
  10. Jorge Puentes

    All I have to say is.....its a great loss but we have to move forward for the future. All of us constantly becoming some of the greatest men or woman that are on top of this country but honestly, We cannot add this to the great depression and we cannot create sorrow. Yes we have to move forward if we don't what good are we.

    You waste your time now grieving on the death of one major human being but we shouldn't and won't! We have to look forward not back and know that him and many people before him had died to do the amazing and yet impossible for this country.

    You can cry at home and waste time not trying to change our country and make it better. Or you can get your fat ass up and leave home and go work and do something for this country.

    Look forward! Do what is necessary!

    August 27, 2009 at 2:17 am |
  11. Marisol Hernandez

    A great lost !! A real great politician !!
    We all going to miss him...
    farewell Mr. Ted Kennedy...

    August 27, 2009 at 2:12 am |
  12. Suzanne

    Best reporting of the evening! It is a very sad day in the lives of so many of us in the country who are concerned that we may not see another person of Ted Kennedy's capabilitesin the Senate.

    He championed the causes of those who could not speak for themselves and gave them a voice. He led a democratic process of passing legislation vs. just debating issues until they die from apathy.

    His legacy is one many strive for, but few achieve - the human experience punctuated by contribution and caring.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:09 am |
  13. Marylou

    To The Kennedy Family

    Whatever Wherever
    No matter what the stars may say or all the scribes may write,
    You are the one and only one of whom I dream tonight.
    You are the one and only one who has the sweet enduring charms to keep me in your company and hold me in your arms.
    To walk around the winter To wake me in the spring with hope of life eternal and with faith in everything.
    I look to you for sympathy and courage in the down and for your smile through out the day until the sun is gone.
    You are the only one on earth who means so much to me
    No matter what the moment or whereever yiou may be.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:54 am |
  14. nea

    A True Hero! he fought until the end for the good of the people Thanks Ted Kennedy for your hard work and dedication.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  15. david

    why are we praiseing this man? he was a drunk , and a killer, has ever body forget about the girl he killed and got a way with it.. the only way we remember him is because of his brothers ... does this man deserve our praise. come on....dave

    August 27, 2009 at 1:29 am |
  16. karen matlock

    our prayers and thoughts are with all the kennedy's at this sad time,the world, people , and sick children, has lost a great, great man one that this world, will NEVER ever see or come in contact with again, REST IN PEACE TED, YOUR WORK IS DONE HERE, NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO FILL YOUR SHOES !!!

    August 27, 2009 at 1:28 am |
  17. aaron88m

    The man & family I didnt know person to person. But the things they did for this country makes them imortal. As lond as we rememberthe things they did & never forget them they are still alive in each of us. :>)

    August 27, 2009 at 1:19 am |
  18. George

    Ted Kennedy was a pervert, subvert and a Democrat ... Goodbye !

    August 27, 2009 at 1:14 am |
  19. Diaen Eamtrakul

    I like to elect richer man to be a political leader. Most work for many other reasons beyond monetary means. They don't have to struggle to make a living day to day. Therefore they tend to leave behind more legacy and more accomplishments or with higher ethics and The Kennedy are good examples. Though they are not perfect, each made some mistakes including their lives,

    August 27, 2009 at 1:04 am |
  20. Melinda Owens

    I am from Arkanas . My husband was in the Air Force ,at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford , Mass. He was 29, I was 24 ,this happened in 1984. My husband had hurt his back and put on home rest for 18 months. The A.F.was not getting him the medical treatment he needed. So I wrote Sen. Edward Kennedy office . With in 2 weeks my husband had a appt. at Boston Mass Hospital for testing on his back, then within 2 months he had his T.M.L.. Came back to Arkanas , He recived medical treatment at the V.A. in Memphis Tn. And in 1986 he was able to go back Active Duty in Sept. 1986. It never would have happened without Sen. Kennedy. I have the letter he wrote to us ,and now it will be framed and hung in our house forever. Now let us the country that he loved. Pass this health reform bill IN HIS HONOR , he did care.GOD BLESS his entire family. Danny & Melinda Owens,AR.

    August 27, 2009 at 12:42 am |
  21. Linda Ricklefs

    I was fortunate enough to have been at John kerry's primary victory celebration in Washington, DC and to have seen and heard Senator Edward kennedy speak. His passage and return home seem like an end of an era, but the way he served his constituents and supported all of the working people in this nation as well as the labor unions also serves as a call to future generations to remain faithful to the issues that need to be answered in this country – unemployment, heath care, education, and quality of life for all citizens.

    My prayers go to the kennedy family at this time of sorrow, but also celebration of a life fully lived in service to the American people.
    Even his management of his final illness and his good fight to live fully during it send another message, a positive one. God bless the Kennedy family.

    Linda McCabe Ricklefs, Lake Orion, Michigan

    August 27, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  22. Lindsey

    why do seem do idolize ted / he will pay at GODS hand!!!!!!!!!

    August 26, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  23. Chris Mc Evoy

    I am deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Edward Kennedy. The nation and the world have lost a national treasure and we'll never forget him. Rest in peace Ted.

    August 26, 2009 at 11:18 pm |