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    Sens. Murray, Cantwell mourn Ted Kennedy

    Wednesday, August 26 2009 3:50 PM EDT2009-08-26 19:50:10 GMT
    Sen. Patty Murray says the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy is very personal. In their 16 years in the Senate together, Murray says Kennedy was a mentor, partner and friend. More >>
    Sen. Patty Murray says the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy is very personal. In their 16 years in the Senate together, Murray says Kennedy was a mentor, partner and friend. More >>

WASHINGTON (AP) - A hillside at Arlington National Cemetery that is already the final resting place for prominent members of the Kennedy family will also be the burial site of the last surviving Kennedy brother. Edward Kennedy died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 77 years old.

An official familiar with the arrangements says Ted Kennedy will be laid to rest there, most likely near the grave of his brother Robert. Nearby are the graves of John F. Kennedy and his widow, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An eternal flame marks the spot.

A senior defense official says the Kennedy family some time ago approached the Army to explore the possibility of burying the senator at Arlington. It's the nation's most celebrated burial ground of fallen members of the military, and of giants in American history.

Kennedy is eligible for burial there by virtue of his service in Congress and his two years in the Army. He will lie in repose at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston before his funeral at a city church, a Democratic source familiar with the planning told The Associated Press.

In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, served alongside 10 presidents - his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them - compiling legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more.

Speaking briefly to reporters at his rented vacation home on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., President Barack Obama called Kennedy one of the "most accomplished Americans" in history - and a man whose work in Congress helped give new opportunities to millions.

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