Hundreds Queue to View Kennedy Grave

'Like American royalty,' notes a visitor
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2009 1:50 AM CDT
Visitors at Arlington National Cemetery line up to pay their respects to Sen. Ted Kennedy yesterday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Hundreds of people lined up to be among the first visitors yesterday to the grave of Sen. Ted Kennedy, reports the Washington Post. Arlington National Cemetery closed after his funeral Saturday, and there was already a line when it re-opened at 8 yesterday morning. Some fanned themselves as they spoke among themselves while others held aloft umbrellas for shade from the sun as the day-long line snaked down the path to the grave site.

"It was pretty emotional," said a New Jersey mom who was in the area to drop her son off at George Washington University. "It's the end of a dynasty. They really are, in some sense, American royalty."