[Peter Paul Media] — Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy who lost his battle with brain cancer on Tuesday at the age of 77 will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
“He served in the Army, and he was an elected official of the U.S. government,” an official said. “No [eligibility] waiver was needed.”
Details on Kennedy’s memorial and funeral arrangements were also released, beginning with a private family mass at 12:00 p.m. Thursday which will be followed by a precession expected to depart his Hyannis Port compound for Boston at about 1:00 p.m.
Kennedy’s motorcade is expected to travel through Boston, passing by landmarks which shaped his career in the early days. The motorcade will pass Faneuil Hall where Mayor Menino will ring the bell 47 times, once for each year Kennedy served in the U.S. Senate.
Arrival at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library is expected at about 4:00 p.m., the event is open to the public.
Ted had spent decades building the library in remembrance of his brother John, who served as president before being assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963. He will lie in repose from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Thursday and between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Friday, his family said.
A non-public funeral mass is scheduled at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston for two hours beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Sen. Kennedy will be buried nearby his brothers Robert and John in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday. The service is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.