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31. August 09

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Senator (USA)
(1932 – 2009)

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, brother of the deceased US presidentJohna F. Kennedy, passed away on August 25th, 2009, at the age of 77, at his Massachusetts home of Hyannis Port. He was buried on August 20th, 2009, at Arlington National Cemetery beside his two assassinated brothers, John F. Kennedy, former US President, and Senator Robert Kennedy.

Prior to the funeral at Arlington, on its way from Edwards Air Base, the funeral procession stopped briefly at the Senate side of the US Capitol, where Kennedy spent 47 years of his life through his political engagement. Edward M. Kennedy was the longest-serving senator, having taken over the political leadership back in 1962, as a representative of a famous political family. His liberal political views did not stop him from receiving the title of one of the best ‘dealmakers’ in the US Congress. Edward M. Kennedy was the Senator of Massachusetts, and of the most influential people of Capitol Hill.

“Senator Kennedy has been the role model and great leader to all of us. His ambitions and hard work confirmed that he did his best for the welfare of his people, as well as for all mankind and for Bosnia and Herzegovina. We are deeply sorry that we have lost such a great man”, said AUBiH President Denis Prcić.

During his final journey and mass in Boston, respects were paid to Kennedy as a political icon, but also a man whose personal tragedies and history committed him to extend the family legacy and be the mentor to the coming generations of the Kennedy family through his political engagement.

US President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy for Senator Kennedy, pointing out that Senator Kennedy was the inspiring figure of the US political life and that “we will remember his historic body of achievements that it is his giving heart that we will miss”.

Among 1500 highly-ranked officials present at Kennedy’s final journey, respects were also paid by former US Presidents George W. BushBill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and their wives, as well as the current US Vice-President Joseph Biden.

Senator Edward Kennedy died of brain cancer diagnosed 15 months ago.

You can see the official announcement concerning the death of Senator Kennedy, delivered by US President Barack Obama, at the following link.www.whitehouse.gov