Archive for Kennedys

Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Posted in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery with tags , on July 13, 2017 by Cade

shriver1July 10, 1921 – August 11, 2009

“As we hope for the best in them, hope is reborn in us.” – Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Eunice Mary Kennedy was the middle child of Joe and Rose Kennedy. She was married to U.S. Ambassador to France and one-time Vice-Presidential candidate, Sargent Shriver. From early on, Eunice developed a special relationship with her oldest sister, Rosemary, who was born with an intellectual disability at a time when stigma and lack of care for this population was rampant. Her care for Rosemary and those with similar disabilities became her lifelong calling. When her brother became President of the United States, she used the opportunity to elevate her cause. She founded a number of national and academic programs to help advance research and support options for people with disabilities. This all culminated with her organizing an athletic event in her backyard in 1962. “Camp Shriver” welcomed children with intellectual disabilities to a safe place to play and use sports as a means to grow. The success of Camp Shriver eventually led to the first ever international Special Olympics in 1968. Through her work with the Special Olympics, Shriver impacted the lives of millions of people around the world. Her charitable and foundation work earned her countless awards and a reputation as a consummate humanitarian.

Eunice Shriver died of undisclosed causes just two weeks before her brother, Edward. She was 88.

Burial 

St. Francis Xavier Cemetery – Centerville, MA

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Specific Location

From Pine St., enter the cemetery and go straight toward the back. The main road will veer to the right. The Shrivers are buried in a prominent plot on your right at the end of the road.

 

Edward Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , , on March 10, 2014 by Cade

emk1February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009

The youngest (and longest-surviving) of the Kennedy brothers, Edward “Ted” Kennedy had, perhaps, even more of an impact on American politics than his siblings thanks to said longevity. He served in the U.S. Senate representing Massachusetts for 47 years. He was a leader in Democratic party and came to be known as the “Lion of the Senate.” But, he was a Kennedy and Kennedys don’t get a free pass, so of course, his life had its struggles.  In 1969, the infamous Chappaquiddick incident resulted in a car in a Martha’s Vineyard tidal channel and the death of his companion, Mary Jo Kopechne. The incident was a national scandal, naturally, and firmly put the brakes on any Presidential aspirations Teddy would have had. Probably for the best as both his brothers’ John and Bobby’s election and campaign (respectively) ended rather tragically. As it were, he remained in the Senate and remained there for four more decades. In 2008, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He continued to work as much as he could, but the tumor got the best of him the following year at the age of 77.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section S, Site 45-B; Just a short distance to the south of his brothers.

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on November 19, 2013 by Cade

kennedyoJuly 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis skyrocketed to international attention as the glamorous wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. However, in the years after JFK’s assassination, Jackie did not fade away and maintained a relatively high profile. In 1968, she married shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, and became – now, no longer entitled to Secret Service protection – a popular target for photographers and paparazzi. After Onassis died in 1975, Jackie committed herself to personal work. She worked as an editor and spent a lot of time campaigning for the preservation of historic landmarks and architecture. Throughout her life, she was a leading icon in fashion often setting trends both intentionally and unintentionally. In 1994, “Jackie O” contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and died a few months later in a New York hospital at the age of 64.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

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Specific Location

Section 45 Grid U-35; If you can walk and read, you’ll have no trouble locating the large stone garden where John and Jackie Kennedy are buried. If the signs pointing to their location don’t help, you can always follow the crowds.

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Robert F. Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , on May 23, 2013 by Cade

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November 20, 1925 — June 6, 1968

Robert Francis Kennedy was a U.S. Senator and the U.S. Attorney General under his brother, John’s, presidential administration.  Bobby was a leading figure in 1960’s American political and civil circles. He was instrumental in the civil rights movement of the day.  He was a Kennedy through and through, and held all the political aspirations that come with that.  Following the devastation of his older brother’s assassination, he was ran for and was elected as Senator from New York.  He ran for President in 1968 and was just on the cusp of securing the Democratic nomination when he was gunned down in a hotel kitchen in Los Angeles following his California primary victory speech.  He died two days later from his wounds.

He was buried a short distance from his brother in Arlington National Cemetery.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

Specific Location

Section 45, Grid U-33.5; Just to the left (south) of JFK’s massive grave plaza.

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John F. Kennedy

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery with tags , , , on February 22, 2013 by Cade

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May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

The 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected to the office when he defeated Richard Nixon in the 1960 election.  Charismatic and energetic, Kennedy ushered in an era of youthful optimism through his presidency. He was far more media and pop-culture savy than any previous administration and was the first President to regularly broadcast his press conferences live on television.

Of course, JFK was also known to have the occasional extramarital fling.  His personal life didn’t seem to overshadow his legacy as President, however. Especially since both were cut short on November 22, 1963 when Kennedy was gunned down while riding in an open-topped limousine through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, TX. The assassination was, of course, one of the most famous moments in American history and further elevated Kennedy’s place in the American consciousness for generations. Whether he was a good President or not hardly matters anymore.  His untimely death created something much larger.

Burial

Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington, VA

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Specific Location

Section 45 Grid U-35; If you can walk and read, you’ll have no trouble locating the large stone garden where John and Jackie Kennedy are buried. If the signs pointing to their location don’t help, you can always follow the crowds.

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