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Kennedy remembered for 'the dream he kept alive'

BOSTON, Mass (AP) - His life has been celebrated in a two-hour funeral Mass. Now, the body of Sen. Ted Kennedy heads for its final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

A steady rain beat down in Boston as Kennedy 's coffin was carried into and out of the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Hundreds lined nearby sidewalks as the funeral procession passed.

In his eulogy, President Barack Obama praised Kennedy for "the good he did" and "the dream he kept alive," despite what Obama referred to as "personal failings and setbacks."

Kennedy 's son Teddy Jr. spoke about a time when he a boy, and had lost a leg to cancer. He slipped walking up an icy driveway and cried to his father that he would never be able to climb that hill. His father lifted him up and told him: "I know you can do it. There is nothing that you can't do."

Kennedy died Tuesday at 77, more than a year after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His burial this afternoon near his slain brothers will conclude four days of public and private mourning.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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