Kennedy Pens Note to Late Father: ‘Unfinished Business is Done’

Mar 23, 2010 5:29pm

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports: Nestled amid the grass beside the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery is a short, personal note penned by his son, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-Mass. The message, written in bold blue ink on what appears to be congressional stationary, is dated 7:50 a.m., March 22, 2010 – eight hours after a historic vote on the House floor sent landmark health care reform legislation to President Obama. “Dad – the unfinished business is done,” it reads.   Beside the note, a camellia branch with pink blossoms is lying across the headstone.  The scene was captured by photographer John Dicker, who was visiting the gravesite from Denver, Colo., as a chaperone for a school trip. Sen. Kennedy had long considered reform of the nation’s health care system and extending insurance coverage to all Americans the “cause of my life” and “the great unfinished business of our society.”   In a letter to President Obama before he died, Kennedy wrote: “Because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all…And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.” Kennedy passed away on August 26, 2009.  After his death, many Democrats rallied for health care reform effort to “win one for Teddy.” 

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