The body of Senator Robert Kennedy was flown to New York City on Thursday night (June 6).
The body of Senator Robert Kennedy was flown to New York City on Thursday night (June 6). Thousands of New Yorkers received their Senator with sorrow and affection.
The silver and blue Presidential jet, which bore the Senator's body from Los Angeles, where he was shot on Wednesday (June 5), landed at New York City LaGuardia Airport about 9:PM (Eastern Standard Time).
It was a warm, muggy night. But more than 1000 perspiring people stood in silence on the runway. Among them was New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, New York Senator Jacob Javits, and New York City Mayor John Lindsay.
Tens of thousands of persons lined the nine-mile route from the airport into the city. They jammed the sidewalks of Fifth Avenue around St. Patrick's Cathedral.
At the Cathedral New York Archbishop Terrence Cooke held a short, private ceremony and received Senator Kennedy's body.
The body lay in state in the Cathedral all the next day and thousands of quiet Americans filed past to pay their respects. On Saturday a high requiem mass is scheduled for Kennedy family and friends. After the mass the body will be taken by train to Washington D.C. for burial at Arlington National Cemetery near President John Kennedy's grave.