Mourners Gather to 'Celebrate' Kennedy's Life

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A special memorial service was held Friday at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston, Mass. for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

The event was called the 'Celebration of Life" and honored Kennedy's love of family and friends and his commitment to public service.

Among the speakers who shared memories were his nephew Joe Kennedy, his niece Caroline Kennedy, Sens. Chris Dodd, D- Conn., John McCain, R- Ariz., John Kerry, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah and Vice President Joe Biden.

Sen. McCain called Kennedy "the best ally you could have" and said the late senator was the most reliable, prepared and persistent of his colleagues. McCain also said Kennedy taught him to be a better senator.

A funeral mass will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET.. Kennedy will then be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at 5:30 p.m. next to his brothers John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.

You can watch it all live at CBNNews.com. Kennedy's burial service at Arlington National Cemetery will also be streamed live, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.

A public viewing of Kennedy's flag drapped casket continue until 3 p.m. Friday afternoon at the JFK Presidential Library.

On Thursday, the streets were filled with people watching as a special motorcade carrying Kennedy's casket passed by on its way to Boston. 

Before the motorcade left the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, a private Catholic mass was held.  Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was in attendance.

"The greatest thing was the way he loved serving, and the passion with which he devoted himself to public service even as he was able to devote himself so entirely to his family," Kerry said.

"He loved people, he loved the give and take of politics," he continued. "He had respect for everybody. And despite all the things that were thrown at him, he always talked about the humanity and morality and the things that were important to people. And that's a good lesson for a lot of people in politics today."

Kennedy's funeral will be Saturday in Boston at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. President Barack Obama, and his predecessors George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W.H. Bush, and Jimmy Carter will be in attendance.  Obama will deliver the eulogy. 

Following the funeral, Kennedy will be laid to rest near his brothers at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

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