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Funeral mass of Senator Edward Kennedy

Past presidents, celebrities, family and friends gathered at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston, Mass., for the funeral of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

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A policeman stands guard as people arrive for the funeral of Senator Edward Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica for a funeral mass, in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, on August 29, 2009. President Barack Obama, three former presidents and a nation's elite gathered in the rain to attend a grand Catholic funeral for Ted Kennedy, America's legendary political patriarch. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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US Senator John McCain arrives for the funeral of Senator Edward Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica for a funeral mass in Boston on August 29, 2009. President Barack Obama, three former presidents and a nation's elite gathered in the rain to attend a grand Catholic funeral for Ted Kennedy, America's legendary political patriarch. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Image: Congressman Patrick Kennedy escorts his mother during Edward Kennedy's funeral services at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston

Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI, under umbrella), son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, escorts his mother during the senator's funeral services at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts, August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)
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Image: Christopher Nzewwa, a native of Nigeria and longtime Boston resident, holds a sign thanking Senator Edward Kennedy

BOSTON - AUGUST 29: Christopher Nzewwa, a native of Nigeria and longtime Boston resident, holds a sign thanking Senator Edward Kennedy close to the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help where his funeral was taking place August 29, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Kennedy, the youngest brother of former President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, died of brain cancer on August 25. (Photo by Jodi Hilton/Getty Images)
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Image: Singer Bennett and his wife Crow arrive for the funeral services of U.S Senator Edward Kennedy in Boston

Singer Tony Bennett (L) and his wife Susan Crow arrive for the funeral services of U.S Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died Tuesday after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 77. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY ENTERTAINMENT)
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US actor Jack Nicholson arrives on August 29, 2009 for a funeral mass for US Senator Edward M. Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston. President Barack Obama, three former presidents and a nation's elite gathered in the rain to attend a grand Catholic funeral for Ted Kennedy, America's legendary political patriarch. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Image: Senator Edward Kennedy's brother in law Sargent Shriver is escorted to his seat in the church by his son Anthony Kennedy Shriver as U.S. President Barack Obama , former President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton look on during

Senator Edward Kennedy's brother-in-law Sargent Shriver is escorted to his seat in the church by his son Anthony Kennedy Shriver (R) as U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L), former President George W. Bush (2nd L) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) look on during the funeral services for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)
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US First Lady Michelle Obama (C, up) greets US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former president Bill Clinton as her husband President Barack Obama (L) looks on at the funeral of US Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston on August 29, 2009. Kennedy died on August 25 after a battle with brain cancer. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Image: Victoria Kennedy; Curran Racliin

**ADDS IDENTITY OF HER ESCORT AS SON CURRAN RACLIN. **Victoria Kennedy, left, with her son Curran Raclin, right, reacts as an honor guard places the casket of Sen. Edward Kennedy into a hearse at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston on the way to the funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Image: The casket of Senator Edward Kennedy is brought into Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston

The casket of Senator Edward Kennedy is brought into Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica by a U.S. military honor guard in Boston, August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died at the age of 77 on August 25. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)
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Image: Bill Clinton,  Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush,  Barack Obama,   Joe Biden, Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy Carter

Former President Bill Clinton, left to right, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter wait for the Roman Catholic Funeral Mass for Sen. Edward Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Basilica in Boston, Saturday, Aug., 29, 2009. Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
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Senator Edward Kennedy's widow Vicki Reggie Kennedy throws a kiss to thank tenor Placido Domingo for singing Franck's "Panis Angelicus" during communion as she stands next to her stepdaughter, Kara Kennedy Allen, left, and stepson Edward Kennedy Jr. , center, during funeral services for Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts Saturday, August 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
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Image: Tenor Placido Domingo hugs cellist Yo-Yo Ma after they performed during funeral of U.S. Senator Kennedy in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston

Tenor Placido Domingo (L) hugs cellist Yo-Yo Ma after they performed during the funeral of U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston, August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)
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Kara Kennedy Allen wipes away tears as she and her brother, Rep. Patrick Kennedy D-R.I., left, listen to Edward Kennedy Jr. offer remembrances of their father Sen. Edward Kennedy during the Roman Catholic Funeral Mass for Sen. Edward Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Basilica in Boston, Saturday, Aug., 29, 2009. Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
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Edward Kennedy Jr., kisses the casket of his father at the Roman Catholic Funeral Mass for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Image: U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy's sons Congressman Patrick and Edward Jr. hug at the altar during eulogies at funeral services for Senator Kennedy in Boston

U.S. Senator Edward 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, Massachusetts August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)
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President Barack Obama pauses as he delivers a eulogy during the Roman Catholic Funeral Mass for Sen. Edward Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Basilica in Boston, Saturday, Aug., 29, 2009. Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)
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Image: U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Vicki Reggie Kennedy after delivering his eulogy during funeral services for Kennedy in Boston

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) hugs Senator Edward Kennedy's widow Vicki Reggie Kennedy after delivering his eulogy during funeral services for Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)
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Image: Members of military pallbearers fasten U.S. flag to coffin of U.S Senator Kennedy before it is carried out of Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Members of the military pallbearers fasten a U.S. flag to the coffin of U.S Senator Edward Kennedy before it is carried out of the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help following funeral services in Boston, Massachusetts, August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES POLITICS OBITUARY)
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Victoria Kennedy, widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy walks as the casket is carried away after Roman Catholic Funeral Mass for Sen. Edward Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Basilica in Boston, Saturday, Aug., 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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Jesse Jackson, right, leaves after the Roman Catholic funeral Mass for Sen. Edward Kennedy at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Basilica in Boston, Saturday, Aug., 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Image: Ted Kennedy Makes Final Trip To Washington For Burial At Arlington Cemetery

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 29: A hearse carrying Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) stops in front of the Senate steps at the US Capitol on August 29, 2009 in Washington, DC. Kennedy, who died earlier this week on August 25, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near his brothers, John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Clarissa Martinez, left, and Douglas Rivlin, of Washington, comfort each other as the funeral procession of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. Kennedy, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, at his home on Cape Cod after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., wipes his eyes next to Victoria Kennedy as the hearse carrying the casket of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., seen right, stops in front of the Senate steps of the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress and their staff pay their respects during a precession for his interment in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Image:  People line the street as a hearse carrying Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) leaves the US Capitol

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 29: People line the street as a hearse carrying Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) leaves the US Capitol on August 29, 2009 in Washington, DC. Kennedy, who died earlier this week on August 25, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near his brothers, John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Image: The Kennedy family gathers around the grave site as an Honor Guard carries the casket of Sen. Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va.

The Kennedy family gathers around the grave site as an Honor Guard carries the casket of Sen. Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. Kennedy's remains will be buried alongside his slain brothers, John and Robert. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, Pool)
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Image: KARA KENNEDY STANDS BEHIND THE CASKET OF HER FATHER DURING THE BURIAL SERVICE FOR U.S. SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY IN ARLINGTON

The Kennedy family gathers around the gravesite during the funeral for Sen. Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. AFP PHOTO / Pool / Doug Mills (Photo credit should read DOUG MILLS/AFP/Getty Images)
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