It was fifty years ago today-the evening of June 8, 1968 when the funeral train finally reached Washington, D.C. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy was buried near his brother John at Arlington National Cemetery.
Due to all the delays- the train was originally scheduled to arrive at Union Station in Washington, D.C. at 4:30 PM- it didn’t arrive until 9:10 PM floodlights had to be rushed to the site to illuminate the burial. Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle officiated at the site. The fifteen minute service ended at 10:45 PM.
About 50,000 people would visit the grave within 24 hours of the funeral.
Officials at Arlington National Cemetery claim that RFK’s funeral was the only funeral ever held there at night- but President Kennedy’s two infant children had been buried next to him at night and later Ted Kennedy would also have a night service.
Below is a video capturing the entire day- from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the burial at Arlington National Cemetery.