Sen. Kennedy's Gravesite Marked

Arlington Cemetery prepares for burial

By Julie Carey
|  Friday, Aug 28, 2009  |  Updated 11:46 PM EDT
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The two ladders in this picture mark the spot where Sen. Ted Kennedy will be buried Saturday at Arlington National Cemetery.

The gravesite is to the left of the JFK site, and is at the foot of the Arlington House (Robert E. Lee Mansion).

Plans call for Kennedy to be buried in early evening near his slain brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The ceremony will be closed to the public but covered by a press pool at the hillside cemetery for military heroes and other figures from American history.

NBCWashington.com will livestream Kennedy's funeral mass in Boston and burial starting at about 10 a.m. Saturday. It will also be shown on NBC4.

Some details of Saturday's burial have yet to be decided, said Col. Daniel Baggio, chief of staff for the U.S. Army Military
District of Washington at Fort McNair.

A traditional ceremony for a member of Congress would include joint pallbearers to carry the flag-draped casket from the hearse
to the grave site; that is, eight service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, Baggio said. A
seven-member rifle squad will also fire three volleys in salute.

Among its responsibilities, the military district has ceremonial duties in the capital, performed by the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry
Regiment or "The Old Guard."

If the Kennedy family chooses to have a graveside eulogy or prayer, it would be seven members of the regiment who would perform
the rifle salute at the end _ and its bugler who would play taps.

An officer from the regiment also would present the folded flag to the family.

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