Ted Kennedy is Remembered on the Anniversary of His Death

On the first anniversary of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's death, Ted Kennedy Jr. spoke at a ceremony naming a community health center for his father, recalling the late senator's lifelong work on health care issues.

"I thought about how I wanted to spend the day,'' the son told reporters this afternoon, a few hours after he participated with other family members in a memorial Mass on Cape Cod. "Nothing epitomizes my father's work in health care more than a community health center.''

The ceremony drew more than 300 people, who were addressed by the senator’s son, Edward M. Kennedy Jr.; U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Worcester; Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray; Worcester Mayor Joseph C. O’Brien; James W. Hunt Jr., president and CEO of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers; as well as Toni McGuire, president and chief executive officer of the health center; and board chairman Matthew J. Hogan. The crowd also heard from Ama Ahenkorah, an immigrant from Ghana who told of the importance the center has had in her life since she began going there as a patient.

The center has 12 sites — the largest being the three-story building at 19 Tacoma St. renamed yesterday for Mr. Kennedy — serving 21,000 patients in Worcester, Framingham and Clinton.