Kennedy Funeral Motorcade Open to Onlookers

Procession to go through District, over Memorial Bridge

By Asha Beh
|  Saturday, Aug 29, 2009  |  Updated 1:30 PM EDT
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Kennedy Funeral Motorcade Open to Onlookers

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The body of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Constitution Ave. and Memorial Bridge will be open to anyone who wants to pay their respects to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D.C. police said. 

Onlookers can also line the road to Arlington National Cemetery, where Kennedy will be buried next to his brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

Kennedy's funeral procession is set to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at approximately 3 p.m. today.  From there, it will leave about 4 p.m. to head to the U.S. Capitol, where the motorcade will stop with the Senator's casket for a brief prayer. 

The motorcade will then leave the Capitol grounds after about 30 minutes and proceed onto Constitution Ave.

U.S. Capitol Police and U.S. Park Police officials said there will be rolling street closures throughout the afternoon as the motorcade passes through the District and over Memorial Bridge to the cemetery.

If you are coming into D.C. to view the procession, the police recommend taking Metro or a taxi.   

The burial ceremony at 5:30 p.m. is not open to the public, but will be covered by a press pool. 

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