August 28th, 2009
01:26 PM ET

Outside the JFK Library

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/08/28/kennedy.funeral/art.kennedy.book.cnn.jpg caption="Mourners sign condolence books at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Massachusetts."]

Kay Jones
AC360° Coordinating Editorial Producer

The lines outside the John F. Kennedy library are beginning to break up, after more than 30,000 people made their way to pay their respects to Sen. Edward Kennedy over the past 20 hours.

I arrived from Hyannis around noon today, and there has been a steady stream of Kennedy family members outside the library, greeting the public and thanking them for coming.

Sen. John Kerry is inside with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and while they were entering the building, Vicki Kennedy, Sen. Kennedy's widow, made her way through a throng a well wishers, thanking them for coming to pay their respects.

They have come from all over the globe, and every age appears to be represented here. Parents can be heard telling their children stories about the Kennedy family and locals have relished in memories of when they saw or met the Senator. It seems as if everyone has a story, and today is the best day to share it.

We have a few hours before the private memorial begins. I will try to bring you some behind the scenes stories from outside the library a little later on.

Filed under: Kay Jones • Sen. Ted Kennedy
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate


    Maybe seeing all these important people is old hat to you being in the news business but I think even watching it over the television that it makes for really interesting people watching. Watching the diversity of the people paying their last respects to Senator Kennedy reminds you of just how much this country has grown and how varied our melting pot is becoming.

    August 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  2. Nancy Knight

    I think only "A Kennedy" can replace Ted's place in our Congress. I'm a republican but loved Ted Kennedy. He was a great man with big shoes to fill.

    God Bless America


    August 28, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  3. Gary Chandler in Canada

    CNN is THE impact show. It uses the word, impact, which means collision, 100 times per hour!
    Here are choices that could make the broadcast less boring.
    Affect – [a feeling or emotion] effect [result/consequence of an action/process], influence, impress, appall, dismay, alert, transform, drive, act, adopt, touch, touch on, result, cause, invoke, make, force, attain, achieve
    oh, and impactful is NOT a word!

    August 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm |