Political Luminaries Arrive to Celebrate Kennedy

Biden, Kerry, McCain to speak in Boston
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2009 5:23 PM CDT
Mourners hold signs as they wait in line outside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to pay their respects to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Friday morning, Aug. 28, 2009 in Boston.   (Lisa Poole)
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(Newser) – Now that the public has said goodbye to Sen. Edward Kennedy, a who's who of politics is converging on Boston for a private service featuring music, laughter, and, in all likelihood, calls to grant Kennedy's last political wish—health coverage for all Americans. The event, billed as "a celebration of life," will contrast with the solemnity of the motorcade that carried Kennedy's body and the sobriety of today's public viewing.

The event will honor Kennedy's love of family and friends and his commitment to public service. Scheduled speakers include Vice President Joe Biden; Sens. John McCain, Orrin Hatch, John Kerry, and Christopher Dodd; and niece Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy. Performances will include Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell singing Kennedy's favorite song, "The Impossible Dream."