Kennedy Funeral in Photos

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 29, 2009 11:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ted Kennedy received a final tribute today befitting his huge profile on the American political scene. President Obama, three former presidents, dozens of congressmen past and present, and celebrities ranging from Jack Nicholson to Tony Bennett attended the funeral at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston. Placido Domingo and Yo-Yo Ma performed during the two-hour service, which also featured younger Kennedys paying tribute to their late patriarch. (To see images, click on Slideshow, at left.)

During the Mass, Kennedy's son, Ted Jr., said he has "never been more proud" of his name than today. "My father believed in redemption," he said. "He never stopped trying to right wrongs." Kennedy recalled a childhood moment, soon after he lost a leg to cancer, when his father helped him climb a hill to go sledding. He taught me that "even our most profound losses are survivable," Kennedy said, his voice breaking. Later, he joked that his dad also taught him to "like Republicans."

An honor guard carries the casket of Sen. Edward Kennedy from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, followed by Victoria Kennedy.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Sargent Shriver is escorted to his seat in the church by his son Anthony Kennedy Shriver.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Mary arrive.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Victoria Kennedy watches as the casket of her husband is placed in a hearse.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton talks with President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Former President Bill Clinton looks over at former President George W. Bush and his wife Barbara.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
An honor guard places the casket of Sen. Edward Kennedy into a hearse at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
The casket is taken down the aisle at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Holy Water is sprinkled on the casket by Father J. Donald Monan.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The casket is seen at the front of the church.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., hugs widow Victoria Kennedy.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Jack Nicholson arrives for the funeral.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Anthony Shriver speaks at the funeral.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Yo Yo Ma plays at the funeral.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Kennedy's casket in front of the church.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Edward Kennedy Jr., left, Vicki Reggie Kennedy, and President Obama attend the funeral. The casket is in white.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Placido Domingo and Yo Yo Ma greet after their performance during the funeral.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Actor Jack Nicholson sits alone in the pews waiting for the service to start.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Senator Edward Kennedy's son Edward Kennedy Jr. offers remembrances of his father.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Senator Edward Kennedy's widow Vicki Kennedy puts her hands over her heart to thank tenor Placido Domingo for his performance.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Kara Kennedy Allen wipes away tears as she and her brother, Rep. Patrick Kennedy D-R.I., left, listen to Edward Kennedy Jr.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Caroline Kennedy arrives.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama gives the eulogy.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives for the funeral.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., arrives.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Entertainer Tony Bennett arrives.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Joan Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Former President George W. Bush talks with Kennedy's ex-wife Joan Kennedy.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, left, hugs Angela Menino, wife of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen, left, sits with Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, talks with former President George W. Bush.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton greet people at the funeral Mass.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Barack Obama with first lady Michelle Obama greets Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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