Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Funeral of Robert F. Kennedy: June 8, 1968

The funeral of Bobby Kennedy was on June 8th. A service was held at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Edward Kennedy read a touching and emotional eulogy for his brother.

Bobby's coffin was then taken to a train where it would travel to Washington, D.C. A train journey that should have taken only a couple of hours, took five hours.

As I wrote in my article The Funeral of Robert F. Kennedy

The train arrived in Washington just after 9pm; the trip took twice as long as it normally would have. After leaving the train, the funeral procession briefly stopped at the Lincoln Memorial where the Marine Corps Band played “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

The procession then moved on to the Arlington Cemetery. It was the only nighttime burial that has ever taken place there. Floodlights were placed around the grave and candles were distributed to the mourners. The coffin was carried to the grave site by 13 pallbearers; among them were Robert McNamara, Edward Kennedy, and Joseph Kennedy, the oldest son of Robert F. Kennedy.

There was a brief graveside service performed by Terence Cardinal Cooke, the Archbishop of New York. A flag was then folded and presented to his widow, Ethel, by John Glenn.

The majority of the mourners had left by midnight. Among those mourners was singer Bobby Darin, according to him he spent the night at the grave site. Darin had campaigned for Kennedy and had only met him a few weeks previously. In response to Robert F. Kenney's death he wrote the song “In Memoriam.”


RFK Funeral Train



Robert F. Kennedy Memorial at Arlington

Funeral information from Arlington

Friday, June 6, 2008

The death of Robert F. Kennedy: June 6, 1968

After twenty-six hours of worldwide concern and grief, Bobby Kennedy died at 1:44 am on June 6th, 1968.

 Frank Mankiewicz announces the death of RFK

After an autopsy, his body was flown back to New York City where it lay in state at St. Patrick's Cathedral until June 8th. Over 100,000 people lined the streets of New York City for the chance to pass by his coffin. Here is his obituary from the New York Times.

Bobby Kennedy, articles June 6, 2008

US marks 40 years since RFK death

Local leaders hold Bobby Kennedy memorial - from Indianapolis

Robert F. Kennedy's long standing impact on politics

RFK's death and the hope of the young

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bobby Kennedy articles, June 5, 2008 - Part 2

The Delta in our Home - Kathleen Kennedy Townsend discusses her father.

Remembering Bobby

Robert F. Kennedy's assassination still moves a retired air force officer

40 years after assassination, RFK aide recalls senator's charisma

Voices - Juan Romero - the busboy who held Bobby after he had been shot.

Robert F. Kennedy: the legacy of the 1968 campaign

40 years later: the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy - a very touching first-person account on video.

Bobby Kennedy, 40 years later

Robert F. Kennedy remembered - David Broder of the Washington Post recalls the 1968 campaign on video.

Why Bobby rocks a new generation

Taking "no" for an answer - Joseph Kennedy II talks about his father.

Lessons of the magnolia tree - Kerry Kennedy talks about her father.

Bobby Kennedy articles, June 5, 2008

RFK Assassination: Aide Recalls Tragedy Repeated - Ted Sorensen remembers

The day I graduated, and Bobby Kennedy died

The Assassination of Robert Kennedy

1968 a series: Robert F. Kennedy's mission ended by assassin

Robert Kennedy's death tested America's resilience

Where history turned

Slaying gave US a first taste of Mideast terror

Bobby Kennedy: 40 years later

This Kennedy was our friend

RFK Assassination

A day to celebrate the legacy of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy

Did Robert Kennedy run "The Last Campaign"?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy: June 5, 1968

After winning the California Democratic primary in California and giving his victory speech, Bobby Kennedy was shot as he was leaving the Ambassador Hotel through the kitchen. His convicted assassin was Sirhan Sirhan. There is still a lot of controversy about his guilt or innocence. Sirhan is currently serving a life sentence at the California State Prison, he is eligible to apply for parole every 5 years.

I heard the news the next day. I was eleven and living in Scotland at the time. I was very touched then as we had been doing a school project on the US election and I had always liked Bobby. It wasn't until I moved to Canada and started hanging out in the library, that I really became interested in Bobby. I read every book I could get my hands on and with every passing year I became more and more saddened by his assassination and what it meant. The world lost more than one man that day; a lot of people lost hope. I still can't talk about it without getting tears in my eyes.

Please share your experiences of that day; how you heard, how you reacted, and what it means to you today.


RFK being taken out of the Ambassador Hotel and into an ambulance

Bobby Kennedy articles, June 4, 2006

Here are some excellent articles on Bobby Kennedy.


What if RFK had become president?

Why Bobby Kennedy is more relevant than ever

40 years after RFK's death, questions linger

Kennedy: Veltroni, his political thought is still valid

Memorial for RFK in St. James Park marks happier day

Remembering Robert Kennedy's "Ripple of Hope."

Pete Hamill remembers Robert F. Kennedy -  features a great audio file from NPR.

Journalist captures Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties - reprints Pete Hamill's essay in A Time it Was. Also features a video of Kerry Kennedy talking about her father, and a slide show. There are links to several videos about RFK at this site.

Bobby Kennedy deserves wider recognition

Little left of Ambassador Hotel, site of RFK assassination

Epic vision - an article on Bill Eppridge

In Memoriam: actor brings Bobby Kennedy's story to life

RFK 6/6/68: no joking matter

Robert F. Kennedy photo gallery

Recalling RFK's campaign of hope

A dream denied

New York Assembly approves renaming Triborough Bridge for Bobby Kennedy

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy

I saw the documentary, The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy on CBC Newsworld last night. It covers the years leading up to Bobby Kennedy's 1968 murder. It was directed in 2003 by Patrick Jeudy and is narrated by Peter Hudson. This was the North American debut.

I found it to be a very fair and balanced documentary. It did not shy away from any controversies and did not "take sides". It pointed out what Bobby had done in his career, how he was perceived, and how he treated his enemies.

It did a good job in showing how Bobby learned from his past and how the death of his brother really helped him to come into his own. Before that, he was just the younger brother who had to help the older brother, no matter what the cost to him personally.

Sadly, it was during the 1968 presidential campaign that he finally felt that he was his own man. And then he was killed...

If you have the chance to see this, I highly recommend it.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Bobby Kennedy articles for June 1st, 2008

In Memory of Bobby

Jeff Greenfield talks about Bobby


Robert Kennedy Was An Inspiration



Clinton Comment Stirs Memories of Covering Robert Kennedy's Visit



On RFK's Last Journey

A Secret Service agent remembers


When Hope Lived

A book review of The Last Campaign and A Time it Was.