This photograh is from a Time magazine collection offered in memory of the 40th anniversary of his assassination – “Robert F. Kennedy Rediscovered”… here Kennedy is listening to author Teddy White just before taking the stage in California and speaking his last words in public. (Bill Eppridge / Time Life Pictures / Getty)
At the age of 42 – Robert F. Kennedy – son of Massachusetts, US Navy veteran, former US Attorney General, United State Senator for the State of New York and candidate for the Presidency died of an assassin’s bullet after winning the California primary. His body rested at St. Patrick’s Cathedral while thousands of mourners paid their respects. Edward M. Kennedy, Robert’s younger brother and a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, delivered his eulogy where he noted;
“My brother need not be idolized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life. [He should] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him, and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us, and what he wished for others, will someday come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: “Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not?'”
From This day in History at HistoryChannel.com:
Three days after falling prey to an assassin in California, Senator Robert F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, just 30 yards from the grave of his assassinated older brother, President John F. Kennedy… On Saturday afternoon, Kennedy’s coffin was taken by funeral train from New York to Washington. Hundreds of thousands of mourners, perhaps more than a million, lined the tracks… The funeral train arrived at Washington’s Union Station shortly after 9 p.m. A motorcade then took Robert F. Kennedy’s body to Arlington National Cemetery for the only night-time burial in the cemetery’s history.