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National Park Service Highlights Lives Of Ted And Eunice Kennedy At Brookline Site

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A guide talks with tourists at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site in Brookline. (Credit: National Park Service)

A guide talks with tourists at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site in Brookline. (Credit: National Park Service)

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BROOKLINE (CBS/AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating the 97th anniversary of its creation by examining the lives of Ted and Eunice Kennedy and how the years they spent growing up in Brookline helped shape them.

The National Park Service says President John F. Kennedy was the most famous Kennedy sibling, but both Eunice and Ted also made significant contributions to American politics and society.

Eunice Kennedy began her life in Brookline and went on to create the Special Olympics, offering new opportunities to many Americans who were previously overlooked.

Ted Kennedy was not born in Brookline, but his involvement in the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site greatly influenced the creation of the site at the president’s birthplace in the city.

The youngest brother of President Kennedy, Ted Kennedy was the third longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate in American history. Voters of Massachusetts elected him to the Senate nine times and he served 47 years in the Senate.

In Photos: Ted Kennedy’s life and legacy

The National Parks Service has organized various special events at the former Kennedy family home in Brookline.

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