The body of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is en route to Arlington National Cemetery after funeral service appropriate for a head of state at the historic Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Boston. President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy—full text here—before 1,400 mourners.
Said the President: "Today we say goodbye to the youngest child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy. The world will long remember their son Edward as the heir to a weighty legacy, a champion for those who had none, the soul of the Democratic Party, and the lion of the United States Senate—a man whose name graces nearly 1,000 laws, and who penned more than 300 laws himself. We do not weep for him today because of the prestige attached to his name or his office. We weep because we loved this kind and tender hero who persevered through pain and tragedy -- not for the sake of ambition or vanity; not for wealth or power—but only for the people and the country he loved."
Kennedy died Tuesday night at age 77. The funeral service was attended by Presidents Clinton, Bush and Carter. Vice President Joseph Biden and former Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dan Quayle and Walter F. Mondale also attended, as well as 58 senators, 21 former senators and dozens of members of Congress. The Boston Globe has published a full list of the dignitaries who attended.
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