Color and Guidance Updates for Press

Saturday, 11:11 a.m.

- The program distributed inside the Basilica is available for download as a PDF here


Saturday, 2:21 a.m.

- The complete current schedule for Saturday has been posted here.


Friday, 10:02 a.m.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy will be laid to rest on Saturday, August 29 next to President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Senator Kennedy spent more days than most at Arlington, the resting place for our nation’s heroes, visiting the graves of his beloved brothers and paying tribute to the fallen men and women of Massachusetts who gave their lives for our country.
Below please find the motorcade route and details on media coverage:
Approx. 3:00 p.m.
Arrival of Senator Kennedy at Andrews Air Force Base
4:00 p.m.
Senator Kennedy departs Andrews Air Force base
Motorcade route is open to the public
From Andrews Air Force base, Senator Kennedy's motorcade will proceed to the east plaza of the U.S. Capitol building.  The motorcade will enter through the Independence Ave entrance and proceed to the Senate Chamber steps.
4:30 p.m.
Senator Kennedy arrives at the U.S. Capitol
Open to the public
The Senator’s motorcade will stop at the Senate steps for a brief prayer so that Senate staff and members of the broader Senate community with whom the Senator worked can bid a final farewell.  The motorcade will then proceed to Arlington National Cemetery via Constitution Ave.
5:30 p.m.
A burial service for Senator Kennedy will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
The burial service is closed to the public and pooled press. Pool is TBD.


Friday 9:56 a.m.

The list of those sitting vigil on Friday.

6-7 AM
Charlie Baker, family friend
Dorothy Baker, family friend
Tom Keady, family friend
Jay Heimbach, former Senate staffer
Jeannie Kedas, former Senate staffer

7-8 AM

John Cullinane, family friend
Diddy Cullinane, family friend
John Scarin, former Senate staffer
Kathleen Scarin, wife of John Scarin

8-9 AM
Rob Consalvo, Boston City Councilor and former staffer
Michelle Consalvo, wife of Rob Consalvo
Mary Liz Ganley, former Senate staffer
Stephanie Cutter, former Senate staffer

9-10 AM
Michael Iskowitz, former Senate staffer
Mary Jeka, former Senate staffer
Kathi Anderson, former Senate staffer
Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and family friend

10-11 AM
Peter Meade, CEO of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Roseanne Meade, wife of Peter Meade
Jerry Dunfey, family friend
Nadine Dunfey, family friend

11 AM - 12 PM

Lucy Flynn, former Senate staffer
George O’Toole, husband of Lucy Flynn
Paul Kirk, Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and former chairman of the DNC
Gail Kirk, family friend

12 - 1 PM
Don Dowd, campaign staff for JFK and family friend
Gene Dellea, campaign staff for JFK and family friend
Jack Caldwell, family friend
Diane Caldwell, family friend

1-2 PM

Jack Connors, family friend
Eileen Connors, family friend

2-3 PM
Gerry Kavanaugh, former Senate Chief of Staff
Colleen Kavanaugh, wife of Gerry Kavanaugh
Terri Robinson, former Senate staffer
Bill Robinson, former Senate staffer

3-4 PM

Bob Shrum, family friend and former press secretary
Mary Louise Oakes, family friend
David Burke, former Senate chief of staff
Trixie Burke, wife of David Burke

4-5 PM
Paul Donovan, former Senate chief of staff
Elena Toschi, former Senate staffer
Liz Smith, family friend
Joanna Reagan, family friend

5-6 PM
Janet Rosen, family friend
Marvin Rosen, family friend
Chuck Campion, family friend
Heather Campion, family friend

6-7 PM
Nick Littlefield, former Senate staff director
Jennie Littlefield, wife of Nick Littlefield
Kate Lowenstein, step-daughter of Nick Littlefield
Kevin Callahan, former Senate staffer

9-10 PM
Caroline Osolinik, former Senate staffer
Eddie Correia, husband of Caroline Osolinik
Sharon Waxman, current Senate staffer
Janice Kagayutan, current Senate staffer

10-11 PM

Melody Barnes, domestic policy advisor to President Obama and Judiciary Committee staff director
Maggie Bish, John Bish, Heather Bish
-- Senator Kennedy worked closely with the Bish family on stronger child protection measures after the Bish’s daughter Molly was killed

11 PM - 12 AM
Melissa Wagoner, current Senate staffer
Julie Ryder, current Senate staffer
Keith Maley, current Senate staffer
Jill McCarthy, current Senate staffer


Friday, 1:00 a.m.

- The complete current schedule for Friday and Saturday has been posted here.

Thursday, 5:15 p.m.

- Senator Kennedy was just led by family, friends and a military Honor Guard into the JFK Library where the flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol on the last day the Senate was in session was draped over his casket.

Thursday, 4:22 p.m.

- After traveling from Hyannisport and through the City of Boston, Senator Kennedy will arrive at the J.F. Kennedy Library and Museum at roughly 4:45 p.m.

- There are 85 members of the family traveling in the motorcade.

- Upon arrival, Senator Kennedy will be greeted outside Father J. Donald Monan, S.J., the former President of Boston College, by City Year volunteers, current and former staff, and the public.

- 50 City Year volunteers are helping to transport the public to the library to pay their respects from various satellite parking locations throughout Boston.   Senator Kennedy was a long time supporter of City Year, and used the program as a model to create the national service program Americorps.

- The family will form a greeting line outside the library as the Senator is unloaded from the hearse.    Once inside, the Senator will be moved through a column of more than 100 current and former staff to the Smith Center where he will lie in repose until Saturday morning.

- Once in the Smith Center, Father Monan and Father Donald MacMillan, S.J., will lead the family in a prayer.

- At 6 p.m., the Library will be opened to the public who wish to pay their respects. 

- In addition to a military honor guard, a contingent of friends and family will be sitting vigil with Senator Kennedy from the time he arrives at the John F. Kennedy Library on Thursday until he leaves for the funeral mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Saturday.  Below please find information on the schedule of individuals who will be sitting vigil with the Senator from 6 PM through midnight this evening.


    List of Vigil Participants

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    6-7 PM
    Bobby Shriver, nephew of Senator Kennedy
    Natasha Shriver, wife of Bobby Shriver
    George Abrams, college friend of Senator Kennedy
    Gerry Doherty, family friend

    7-8 PM
    Patti Sarris, federal judge in Massachusetts and former staffer
    Arther Seigel, husband of Patti Sarris
    Tim Hagen, college friend of Senator Kennedy
    Jay Himmelstein, former Senate staffer

    8-9 PM
    Alma Hart, Brian Hart, Elizabeth Hart and Rebecca Hart
    Alma and Brian Hart lost their son John in Iraq when he was killed while traveling in an unarmored Humvee. In the wake of John’s death, Senator Kennedy and the Hart family worked together to fight for more body armor for US troops. Elizabeth and Rebecca are John’s sisters.

    9-10 PM
    Eric Mogilnicki, Chief of Staff to Senator Kennedy
    Cindy McGinty, Daniel McGinty and David McGinty
    Michael McGinty, husband of Cindy and father to Daniel and David, was killed on 9/11. Senator Kennedy became close to the family after reaching out to them following the attacks.

    10-11 PM
    Christie Coombs and Matthew Coombs
    Jeff Coombs, husband of Cristy and father of Michael, was killed on 9/11. Senator Kennedy became close to the family after reaching out to them following the attack.
    Anthony Coley, current Senate staffer
    Brian Quinn, former Senate staffer

    11 PM – 12 AM
    Steve Grossman and Barbara Grossman, longtime family friends
    Julie Ryder, current Senate staffer
    Beth McElhinney, former Senate staffer