You are hereBlogs / WcP.Story.Teller's blog / "Thank you, Teddy (Edward Kennedy), for fighting for my civil rights." Farewell to all Kennedy brothers, all with courage!

"Thank you, Teddy (Edward Kennedy), for fighting for my civil rights." Farewell to all Kennedy brothers, all with courage!

By WcP.Story.Teller - Posted on 30 August 2009

Left: Kennedy brothers – 1960: John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy & Edward Kennedy. Bottom right: Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. in his pilot's gear. The eldest of nine siblings, he died in a plane crash on a volunteer mission during World War II at age of 29.


Remember Ted Kennedy, liberal icon, as he did Bobby: "My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it." Ted Kennedy, a faithful Catholic & Lion of the Senate, politician fighting legislative battles for 47 years on behalf of the less fortunate, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C., next to his two brothers.

Chris Mason, of Cambridge, Mass., carries his hand written sentiments along the procession route, ‘Thank you, Teddy, for fighting for my civil rights.’ Bostonians lined up along the route to pay their respects to their senator & his family; Inset: Ted Kennedy, the ‘Lion of the Senate,’ died on Aug 25, 2009 at 77

The Brother Who Mattered Most - the ‘Lion of the Senate,’ Ted Kennedy was serving his eighth full term (his ninth overall) in Congress when he died. During his time in office, he wrote more than 300 bills that have been enacted into law. He spent much of his legislative career lobbying for improvements in the health-care system. ‘The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.’ - addressing the Democratic National Convention in New York City on Aug. 12, 1980.

Olivia Kelly, 8, left, and Dion Osborne, 11, rear, hold signs in memory of Sen. Kennedy at a candle light vigil in Miami.

Ted Kennedy called a man of quiet faith

Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy often said it was his mother's Catholic faith that guided his family's political agenda. He used Scripture in his push to end poverty and discrimination. He didn't wear his faith on his sleeve, but those close to him say Catholicism was much more than an ethnic and cultural identity. "My favorite parts of the Bible were always Matthew 25 through 35: I was hungry and you gave me to eat, and thirsty and you gave me to drink," Kennedy said at Esperanza's Hispanic Prayer breakfast in 2007. But his support for abortion rights flew in the face of the Catholic credo. "I think he would wish that he could have found a middle ground, a common ground with our church institution," Creedon said, "When it came to the prayers of the faithful, [that] is the time normally people make petitions. ... He never made a petition, but he always had two or three prayers of thanksgiving, gratitude."

Sen. Edward Kennedy is carried by a military escort through Boston. Britain's Queen Elizabeth gave Sen. Edward Kennedy an honorary knighthood as recognition for services to U.S.-U.K. relations and to Northern Ireland. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, briefly served as Ambassador to the Court of St. James under President Franklin Roosevelt. And the administration of his brother, John F. Kennedy, was nicknamed ‘Camelot,’ after England's King Arthur

Left: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, pays respects to Senator Kennedy. Middle: President Barack Obama speaks during Kennedy's funeral: a great legislator, 'a kind and tender hero'. ‘The greatest expectations were placed upon Ted Kennedy's shoulders because of who he was,’ observed President Barack Obama in his eulogy, ‘but he surpassed them all because of who he became.’ Right: Sen. Christopher Dodd pauses as he speaks at the wake in front of the casket of his close friend Sen. Kennedy.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, walks around casket of Sen. Ted Kennedy - faithful Catholic & Lion of the Senate, politician fighting legislative battles on behalf of the less fortunate - with incense before it leaves the church

Politics Today: Will the Dream Live On?

25,000 lined up to pay their respects at the JFK Library in Boston yesterday, August 27, 2009. On the 28th, Kennedy laid in repose for a second day at the library before an invitation-only "Celebration of Life Memorial Service" at 7pm. Speakers included: Vice President Joe Biden, his niece Caroline Kennedy, his nephew former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, D-Mass.; Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.; Boston Mayor Tom Menino; Sens. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; John Kerry, D-Mass.; and John McCain, R-Ariz.

mourners whose hearts are touched by Sen. Ted Kennedy weep while waiting in line to see his casket at the JFK Library

On August 29, Kennedy was taken to the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as the Mission Church, in Boston for a funeral Mass. President Obama delivered the eulogy; former Presidents Clinton, Carter and George W. Bush also attended. Kennedy's sons Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., and Edward Kennedy Jr. delivered remarks. Following the funeral on Saturday, Kennedy was flown to Washington, D.C. and buried next to his brothers John and Robert in Arlington National Cemetery.

Left: Eunice Kennedy Shriver with her youngest brother, Senator Edward Kennedy after JFK's assassination, pictured in 1963. Eunice, the founder of the Special Olympics, died in 2009 at the age of 88. Her husband Robert Sargent Shriver was a long-time public servant who, among other things, started the Peace Corps. Right: Jean Kennedy Smith, Sen. Edward Kennedy's sister and the last surviving Kennedy sibling is visited by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-GA., as he pays his respects at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Friday morning, Aug. 28, 2009. Kennedy died late Tuesday night of brain cancer.

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009)

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. In office from November 1962 until his death, Kennedy served nine terms in the Senate. At the time of his death, he was the second most senior member of the Senate, and the third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. He was best known as one of the most outspoken and effective Senate proponents of liberal causes and bills. For many years the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family, he was the son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassinations, and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy. "Camelot" is used to describe JFK's brief presidency, and Senator Edward Kennedy was honored by the Queen as Knight of the British Empire.

Senator Kennedy's daughter Kara Kennedy Allen, center, weeps alongside her brothers U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, left, and Edward Kennedy Jr.

Kennedy entered the Senate in a 1962 special election to fill the seat once held by his brother John. He was elected to a full six-year term in 1964 and was reelected seven more times. Known for his oratorical skills, Kennedy's 1968 eulogy for his brother Robert and his 1980 Democratic National Convention rallying cry for American liberalism were among his best-known speeches. He became known as "The Lion of the Senate" through his long tenure and influence. More than 300 bills that Kennedy and his staff wrote were enacted into law. He was known for working with Republicans and finding compromises among senators with disparate views. Kennedy played a major role in passing many laws, including laws addressing immigration, cancer research, health insurance, apartheid, disability discrimination, AIDS care, civil rights, mental health benefits, children's health insurance, education and volunteering. In the 2000s, he led several unsuccessful immigration reform efforts. At the time of his death, he was continuing to work on universal health care legislation, which is often described as his "life's work."

The Senator's casket is laid before the Basilica's clergy for a prayer. Cardinal McCarrick's reading of the private letters served a larger Church agenda. ‘At the funeral in Boston, you had the eulogy of the sitting President, which is impressive, but not really religious,’ said the Church official. ‘This way the Cardinal wanted to be sure the day ended as it should, in prayer.’ And so, the last word as Ted Kennedy was consigned to the earth would be from the Roman Catholic Church.

By the time of his death on Aug. 25 in Hyannis Port at the age of 77, he had 46 working years in Congress, time enough to leave his imprint on everything from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009, a law that expands support for national community-service programs. Over the years, Kennedy was a force behind the Freedom of Information Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He helped Soviet dissidents and fought apartheid. Above all, he conducted a four-decade crusade for universal health coverage, a poignant one toward the end as the country watched a struggle with a brain tumor. But along the way, he vastly expanded the network of neighborhood clinics, virtually invented the COBRA system for portable insurance and helped create the laws that provide Medicare prescriptions and family leave.

Left: Edward Kennedy Jr. pays a final tribute his father's coffin. Right: Sen. Ted Kennedy's sons Congressman Patrick Kennedy (L) and Edward Kennedy Jr. (R) hug at the altar during eulogies at the funeral services for Senator Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston.

And for most of that time, he went forward against great odds, the voice of progressivism in a conservative age. When people were getting tired of hearing about racism or the poor or the decay of American cities, he kept talking. When liberalism was flickering, there was Kennedy, holding the torch, insisting that "we can light those beacon fires again." In the last year of his life, with the Inauguration of Barack Obama, he had the satisfaction of seeing a big part of that dream fulfilled. In early 2008, when Obama had just begun to capture the public imagination, Kennedy bucked the party establishment. Just before Super Tuesday, the venerable Senator from Massachusetts enthusiastically endorsed the young Senator from Illinois, helping propel Obama to the Democratic nomination and ultimately the White House.

Family photo: 1938 - The Kennedy family poses for a photo in Bronxville, N.Y. From left, seated: Eunice, Jean, Edward, Joseph P., Patricia and Kathleen. Standing: Rosemary, Robert, John, Rose and Joseph Jr. The family relocated frequently and Edward would attend 10 different schools by the time he was 11 years old.

"I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity."
- From Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s speech "Faith, Truth and Tolerance in America," given at Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, Va., on Oct. 3, 1983


The Kennedy family gathers around the grave site as an Honor Guard carries the casket of Sen. Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy made his last journey through the nation’s capital on Saturday as thousands cheered the Massachusetts Democrat during the slow, winding trip to a final resting place next to his two brothers at Arlington National Cemetery.

"Thank you, Teddy, for fighting for my civil rights."
Farewell, Kennedy brothers! Farewell, you are all the best, and most courageous! We have to bid farewell though we still need you with us to fight for a better world without war, without poverty, without discrimination; for a healthy earth with less pollution, less destruction. You will "be remembered as good and decent men, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."

Photos courtesy of Bettmann / CORBIS, AP, AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP Photo / Stephan Savoia, Bill Pierce / TIME, Lynne Sladky / AP, Brian Snyder / AP / Reuters, Mike Segar / Reuters, Somodevilla / Getty, Stan Honda / AFP / Getty, Jason Reed / Reuters, Doug Mills / AP, Getty Images, Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy,, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Original Source: Kennedy's Sons Remember a Passionate Father and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy laid to rest near brothers

Related Articles: CNN, CBS News, Time, Wikipedia

Photo Galleries: Mourning Ted Kennedy and Ted Kennedy: In His Own Words

I cnat say this about very many people, but I Have and will always want to Grow up TO be JUST LIKE JFK,TEDD,&BOBBY what great men they were. as a youingester they are a great inspiration to me.

He will indeed be missed. He is a great political icon and has fought for what is right and just for the people of America. There is none like him and I hope that in the right time, his dreams for our country will come true.

Contact Us

Contact Us

RSS feed

Subscribe to WcP Blog RSS feed


WcP Blog on Twitter


WcP Blog on Facebook

Custom Search

Archive Calendar

November 2020

Random image

Poem in Art: Over Earth and Ocean, with gentle motion... - Percy Bysshe Shelley


Search the Web

Custom Search

Featured Videos

Latest Quote

"We come from the earth.
We return to the earth.
And in between we garden."
- Author Unknown

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
- Cicero

Recent comments

Reader Reviews

  • "Great culture sharing. This is really important to show all over the world and different cultures and nature to whole world." - Anonymous (January 27, 2019)
  • "This is one of the most incredible blogs I've read in a very long time. The amount of information in here is stunning, like you practically wrote the book on the subject. Your blog is great for anyone who wants to understand this subject more. Great stuff; please keep it up!" - Anonymous (May 29, 2018)
  • "I am just happy to know about your website. It's informative and valuable for me. Thanks for sharing interesting info with us. Keep doing best in future." - Kelvin (May 28, 2018)
  • "Very good and creative website, graphics are wonderful." - Ricky (October 7, 2017)
  • "This is absolutely fantastic photography. I recommended to lovers of photography." - Christina (June 30, 2017)
  • "Your website seems to have precious gemstones on the subject of penning." - Bryce (March 29, 2017)
  • "Your articles are constantly awesome. You compose with exactness and your data is constantly precise. What's more, those two things make an article go from great to awesome! Continue distributing more extraordinary articles." - Ayesha (March 19, 2017)
  • "You are doing an amazing job." - Jake (January 4, 2017)
  • "I am an anthropology student and this site has helped me a lot to know more about the various cultures across the world. This is the reason I visit the site so often. Keep on sharing more and more posts like this. Thank you." - Anonymous (April 3, 2016)
  • "Your site is valuable. Appreciative for sharing! Awe inspiring Blog!" - Anonymous (March 16, 2016)
  • "This blog is the book which has feelings for around their lives. Will you produce intense addons." - Anonymous (January 26, 2016)
  • "Interesting quote. I have gone through different posts in this website. I could see different themed quotes and interesting posts here. I am much impressed with this website. Keep up the good work and keep sharing interesting stuff." - Howard (January 25, 2016)
  • "I was so impressed by it I felt I would reach out to you to say thank you. Great work...that's one great blog you've got there!" - Kayla (January 8, 2016)
  • "This is incredible. Finally something new. I was reading comics the whole time. This is the real fact, which I do not think anyone else has such a well written and updated blog like yours." - Zach (January 7, 2016)
  • "The Superbly defined stuff of reading, you constructed a masterpiece with your magical mind. Your writing skills are simply awesome. Great work!" - Katie (December 28, 2015)
  • "This really shows that you can still find folks that care about the things they post online. I really liked browsing the comments." - Myles (December 23, 2015)
  • "Yes i agree with the above poem that window is the world so far i have come across. Every thing comes from it. You have written in a very poetic way. Looking forward for more poems from this." - Anonymous (December 11, 2015)
  • "Every last tip of your post is incredible. You're really great to share. Keep blogging..." - Anonymous (December 8, 2015)
  • "I always take pleasure in your articles. You have a gift for discussing such stirring topics in ingenious yet amusing ways. Your posts help us realize that our troubles are typical, and we can solve them in ready to lend a hand ways..." - Angela (October 05, 2015)
  • "We all appreciate the power of words you always provide!" - Anonymous (October 05, 2015)
  • "So poetic..." - Anonymous (September 15, 2015)
  • "The method for composing is phenomenal furthermore the substance is first class. A debt of gratitude is in order for that knowledge you give the perusers!" - Anonymous (July 23, 2015)
  • "Your configuration, man...too astonishing! I cant hold up to peruse what you've got next.Thanks for your superb posting!" - Anonymous (July 16, 2015)
  • "I found myself starring at these photos. I cannot believe that I haven't seen them before, taking into account that I am mesmerized by sea and ocean as one can be by forces of nature. Thank you so much for putting them out here, because even though they were posted by such a giant as National Geographic, I still have missed them. Well, “dazed” is the exact word that describes the feeling that I felt when I first set my eyes in these photos." - Anonymous (July 14, 2015)
  • "I will check your different articles without further ado. Continuously so fascinating to visit your site. Thank you for sharing, this will help me such a great amount in my learning." - Anonymous (July 10, 2015)
  • "Extraordinary stuff, just basically astonishing! Keep it up in future. I am truly inspired by this site!" - Anonymous (July 3, 2015)
  • "I was reading your post since 2012 and you are writing so much outstanding ideas I must say you are a talented person." - William (June 29, 2015)
  • "I have never seen such amazing thoughts displayed in composing. Your author has an extremely one of a kind method for exhibiting data so as to catch the peruser's consideration." - Anonymous (June 27, 2015)
  • "Mind boggling posting! I really like the way you are sharing the exceptional tackle this subject." - Anonymous (June 25, 2015)
  • "I unquestionably appreciated all of it and I have you bookmarked your site to look at the new stuff you post in the future." - Anonymous (June 13, 2015)
  • "I was very thrilled to find this website. This is really interesting and I have recommended this site for my friends also. I had a fantastic read from this blog." - Anonymous (June 2, 2015)
  • ""The exposition seeks to discover a haven inside character and communicate gratitude for life during its peaceful and thoughtful vibe." - Micheal (May 19, 2015)
  • "Fantastic Blog! I might want to thank for the efforts you have made in writing this post." - James (May 15, 2015)
  • "You are a good photographer your photography is good you click very nice shots which are very attractive and beautiful keep it up." - Ashlyn (May 5, 2015)
  • "Amazing! Great post! Wonderful pictures and well written article!" - Anonymous (March 10, 2015)
  • "Certainly worthwhile content! This is an excellent reference to spent time and gets authentic observation by reading." - Anonymous (February 12, 2015)
  • "Certainly exceptional blog! It is so wonderful content and acceptable with a clear concept. Thanks much!" - Lisa (January 13, 2015)
  • "Photography is my passion and like to learn something new about it. From your blog i have learned many things and i loved to read it thanks for sharing such a useful post" - Anonymous (January 1, 2015)
  • "Magnificent web blog! This is your superb consideration and appreciate your notion with this matter. Thanks a lot for sharing!" - Lisa (December 20, 2014)
  • "Undoubtedly enjoyed this blog! You set the subject content with exceptional abilities and a bit on the right track." - Lisa (December 17, 2014)
  • "It's an extraordinary joy perusing your post. It's loaded with data I am searching for and I want to post a remark that the substance of your post is wonderful. Thanks! :)" - Lilia (July 31, 2014)
  • "I do not even understand how I finished up right here, but I thought this to be great. I do not recognise who you are however certainly you
    are going to a famous blogger for those who are not already. Cheers!" - Gerald (July 24, 2014)
  • "Your blog is very informative. Also the images in it are beautiful!" - Anonymous (January 8, 2014)
  • "It is tempting to comment because of the amazing content on this blog. I wish I had a blog like this." - Anonymous (December 27, 2013)
  • "Thanks for trying to make the world a better place." - Anonymous (July 16, 2013)
  • "I have added to my favorites. I just found this blog and have high hopes for it to continue. I believe this really is excellent information. Most of men and women will concur with you and I ought to thank you about it. Thanks for sharing." - Anonymous (May 16, 2013)
  • "This is awesome! Your photos are perfectly taken! It captured the decisive moment. I am a fan already." - Sarah (Apr. 15, 2013)
  • "Can I just say what a relief to obtain a person who truly knows what they're talking about on the web. You certainly know easy methods to bring an issue to light and make it critical. Extra individuals must read this and comprehend this side of the story. I can't believe you're not even more well-liked considering that you absolutely have the gift." - Anonymous (Jan. 23, 2013)
  • "I wish to show my thanks to the creator of this blog. Keep contributing a good concepts and strategies. Many people will surely improve their skills by reading blogs like this." - Anonymous (Dec. 25, 2012)
  • "I really like your style but mostly your initiative. The world needs more writers like yourself." - Steve (Jan. 18, 2012)
  • "It must be very rewarding to have a long term project like this and too see the progress being made! Thanks for sharing it." - Mika (Jan. 18, 2012)
  • "This was a very eye opening video. It's made an impact on me. We're so unaware of the things that we do every day can destroy our ecosystem. The statistics are mind blogging especially the fact that 90% of big fish are gone. We need to stop this somehow. I'm going to spread this page to my mutual friends. Thanks for this." - Joseph (Jan. 15, 2012)
  • "I enjoy this blog a lot." - Liz (California, USA; Oct. 17, 2011)
  • "Keep up the good work you're doing." - Casper (Melbourne, Australia)
  • "Thanks for sharing some great content through your blog. It has been a sincere pleasure to read." - Anonymous
  • "Always fresh and fascinating." - Anonymous
  • "Cool bio[mission statement]." - Darin (California, USA)
  • "You have some beautiful images. Love your site!" - Susan (Washington DC, USA)
  • "I love your Blog." - Kate (Ireland)
  • "A great site highlighting many important issues." - Bob (New Zealand; Feb. 20, 2010)
  • "Love the images on this blog..there are some interesting articles about health I noticed...we tend to run a 50/50 risk of a heart attack...I noticed when in the USA recently everyone seemed huge..they ate massive meals...I reckon that is one cause of heart failure...just my opinion..but yeah these articles can be worrying to some folk so just heed the advice...I know I will." - Mick (The Sunshine Coast, Australia; Aug 29, 2009)
  • "Excellent blog." - Bill (Vancouver Island, Canada)
  • "Fantastic blog and educational articles, much enjoy visiting...Thank you!" - Lotus1150 (Alberta, Canada; Aug 28, 2009)
  • "Great site and awesome photos." - David (Washington DC, USA)
  • "I loved your website. Even finding some news about Turkey made me surprised." - Anonymous (Turkey)
  • "Gorgeous site ... the kind of place you could lose yourself for hours (suppose that was intentional?). Also, cartoons, commentary on the events of the times, etc. Great stuff." - Daniel (Nevada, USA; Jan. 03, 2009)
  • "...may your blog, ideas and efforts help many more people." - Anonymous (New Mexico, USA)
  • "Very cool site..." - Anonymous
  • "Amazing site, worth the visit every time... enjoy." - Sam (Saudi Arabia)
  • "Easy to read and well-designed." - Colin (Arizona, USA; Apr. 22, 2009)
  • "Unique mix of news, photos and poetry." - Frasier (Virginia, USA)
  • " is an extremely interesting collection of news articles. It calls itself "A Window On the World". The site contains a wide variety of topics, all very informative and pertinent to life in today's world." - Cynthia (Massachusetts, USA; Aug. 07 2008)
  • "Wow. Cool." - Christopher (Melbourne, Australia; Dec. 10 2008)
  • "An interesting way to check out the wonders of our world." - Anthony (Ohio, USA)
  • "Nice site, especially the rss icon." - Daniel (California, USA; Sep 10, 2008)
  • "Good blog - Everything from news to photography. Very informative." - "explicitmemory" (Texas, USA)
  • "Very informative site by prose and picture..." - Jeff (Michigan, USA)

AdSense unconfigured block. Click to configure.