Edward M. Kennedy Institute Opening Dedication Ceremony
On March 30th Edward M. Kennedy Institute For the U.S. Senate Opens with Historic Ceremony featuring President Obama, Vice President Biden & Other Dignitaries
On March 30th, 2015 The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate was formally dedicated in a ceremony featuring President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Other speakers at the ceremony included Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, members of the Kennedy family, and many others.
“What better testament to the life of Ted Kennedy than this place he left for a new generation of Americans – a monument not to himself, but to what we, the people, have the power to do together,” said President Obama. “My husband loved the United States Senate and the incredible difference it could make in people’s lives,” said Victoria Reggie Kennedy, co-founder and president of the EMK Institute’s Board of Directors. “He thought it was one of the most important institutions in our democracy. And he said many times that the greatest public honor of his life was to serve the people of Massachusetts. And it was Ted’s dream to build a place where everyone could be inspired to feel that same sense of service.”
Senator Kennedy spent many years working to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. In this speech, he explained the continued urgency of the issue.
Former Vice President Biden recognizes Secretary Kerry for his years of public service to Massachusetts and the country.
Inspiring the next generation of leaders to become active participants in democracy.