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Where is Ted Kennedy Buried?

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Edward Kennedy is buried next to his brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy in Arlington National Cemetery.

WHERE IS THE GRAVESITE?

The gravesite of Ted Kennedy is located in lot 45, Section 30 of Arlington National Cemetery (ANC).

If facing Washington, D.C., continue down the path from Robert F. Kennedy's memorial to your right to visit Edward Kennedy's grave.

It is a 10-minute walk from the Visitor Center (map) and a 15-minute walk from the Arlington Cemetery Metro Station.

Where is John F Kennedys Grave

You will not be able to drive to the gravesite. Walking is how the majority of visitors reach it.  

However, the Kennedy Memorials is one of 3 stops on the trams that operate in the cemetery. Tickets for the trams can be purchased inside of the Visitor Center.

Please note that you will be walking up a slight incline to reach the site.  The site is wheelchair accessible.  

At the gravesite, absolute silence is expected.  Men are also expected to take off hats.


Edward "Ted" Kennedy Memorial

Edward Kennedy, the youngest of the Kennedy brothers, passed away in 2009 after serving as Senator from Massachusetts for nearly 47 years.

Known as the "liberal lion of the Senate," Ted Kennedy tragically lost his battle with brain cancer after 17 months.

Following his death, Senator Kennedy's body was transported to Boston where it lay in repose at John F. Kennedy Library.

Tens of thousands of visitors came to pay their respects to the veteran senator.

A funeral mass was later held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Roxbury, MA.

It was attended by many politicians, foreign dignitaries, and celebrities; President Obama delivered the eulogy.

Senator Kennedy was then transported to Washington, DC, and a motorcade proceeded toward the Capitol before continuing on to Arlington National Cemetery.

Due to his 2 years of service in the United States Army combined with his time as senator, Ted Kennedy qualified to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

He was laid to rest on the same slope as his brothers, just 100 feet from Robert Kennedy.

His grave is marked with the same glossy white oak cross as Robert Kennedy, their's being the only two white wooden crosses in the cemetery.

Senator Kennedy was a frequent visitor at Arlington National Cemetery, attending half a dozen times a year to visit his brothers and other loved ones.

In 2012, a more elaborate pathway was added to the gravesite, connecting Senator Ted Kennedy's grave with those of his older brothers.


About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: January 22nd, 2023
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