Arlington Prepares To Lay Kennedy To Rest Sen. Edward Kennedy's body was flown from Boston to Washington, D.C., Saturday afternoon for burial across the Potomac River in Arlington National Cemetery.
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GUY RAZ, host:

At this hour, Senator Kennedy's body is being flown here to Washington, D.C. for burial across the Potomac River near his brothers at Arlington National Cemetery.

NPR's Brian Naylor is at the cemetery.

Brian, Senator Kennedy's body hasn't yet arrived. What are you seeing in Arlington now?

NAYLOR: Guy, I'm overlooking the gravesite. I can see the eternal flame that burns at President John F. Kennedy's gravesite. To his right is Robert F. Kennedy's and Edward Kennedy will be buried next to Robert about a hundred feet from there. It's a spectacular sight, Guy. You can overlook all of Washington, the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and the Lincoln Memorial is on a direct access to the graves. It's a beautiful view.

And right now, there are small groups of people that are lining. I can see Memorial Bridge and the drive that leads into Arlington; there are small groups of people that are lining the way. There are TV cameras positioned in satellite trucks and everybody is just kind of awaiting for the Hearse and the motorcade to arrive right now.

RAZ: Brian, I know this is a closed ceremony.

NAYLOR: Mm-hmm.

RAZ: But can you give us an idea of what's being planned?

NAYLOR: It's going to take about 20 minutes they're telling us. It will be led by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who is the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, someone who Senator Kennedy worked with on inner city Catholic schools and other social programs. There will be a joint casket team comprised of the various branches of the military that will carry the Hearse to the gravesite. There will be three volleys of military rifle team. There will be Taps. And we're also expecting to hear from two of Senator Kennedy's grandchildren as well as perhaps Vice President Biden, who's scheduled to be here.

RAZ: That's NPR's Brian Naylor. He's graveside at Arlington National Cemetery where Senator Kennedy will be laid to rest soon.

Brian, thanks so much.

NAYLOR: Thank you, Guy.

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