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Celebrating Senator Edward M. Kennedy

August 26, 2009

U.S. Senator Edward M. KennedyAmeriCorps Alums is saddened by the loss of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, one of the greatest public servants of our time, and a man who strived to create change throughout his life.

His contributions to the world of national and community service were impressive and consistent, including his most recent legislative triumph-  the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. This landmark piece of legislation expands opportunities for Americans from all walks of life to serve their country and community.  We are incredibly thankful for the efforts of Senator Kennedy in expanding and advancing service throughout his life.

Senator Kennedy leaves behind a long and distinguished list of public service accomplishments that few, if any, have ever matched.  As we mourn the loss of one of America’s great public servants, we ask that all AmeriCorps alumni celebrate and reflect on Senator Kennedy’s contributions to service and to our country. We welcome and encourage you to comment below with your thoughts about the life and legacy of Edward M. Kennedy.

View pictures of Kennedy at the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act here.

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  1. tomdegan permalink
    August 26, 2009 1:53 pm

    n a life that is littered with ironies, here’s the biggest one of all: His three older brothers – Joe, Jack and Bobby – are eternally frozen in our imagination as the personifications of youth and vigor (or “vigah”). How poignant that our final image of the baby of that family will be as an old man, frail and mortally ill.

    His was the most impressive evolution in American political history. Let’s be honest; in 1962 the guy was a lightweight. He ran for the Democratic nomination against another young man, Edward McCormick, whose uncle was the speaker of the House of Representatives. During a debate McCormick told him that were it not for his name, his candidacy would be viewed as a joke. It was a point well made. It is obvious when looking at film of that campaign that our boy Ted is in way over his head.

    Who would have dared dream all those years ago that this punk kid would one day evolve into the greatest senator ever to walk those halls?

    An incredible realization just came to me: Teddy represented the state of Massachusetts for forty-six years, eight months and nineteen days. That is nearly three months longer than all the years his older brother Jack lived on earth. Forgive the cliche that is so overused it has become trite through repetition, but this really is the end of an era.

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

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