The body of Sen. Edwards Kennedy was carried via motorcade from his home in Hyannis Port to the JFK Presidential Library in Boston Thursday. Thousands were expected to line the streets as the procession passed.
“The late senator’s loved ones — including niece Caroline, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, and son Patrick, a Rhode Island congressman — arrived before noon for a private Mass at the family compound in Hyannis Port,” the Associated Press reported.
According to ABC News, “A long black column of limousines filled with three generations of Kennedys followed the hearse carrying Kennedy’s flag-draped coffin for the three-hour drive to Boston, which will pass locations significant to the senator’s life and career.”
Today’s motorcade journey sets off three days of official ceremonies to mourn the passing of the senator whose career was marked by scandal and triump during his 47 years in the Senate.
Kennedy’s body will be taken to lie in repose at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. On Saturday, a funeral mass will be held at a Catholic church in Boston where he will be eulogized by President Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain.
Following the funeral, his body will again be moved and buried steps away from his slain brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
This video is from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, broadcast Aug. 27, 2009.