The story

Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy left a mark not only on history but also on the lives of the those he encountered during his nearly 50 years in public service.

Those who knew him are grieving the loss of the "Lion of the Senate," celebrating the accomplishments of his life and recounting memories of the late senator.

Here are some of those stories, in the words of those who met him: Read full article »

CNN's Mallory Simon contributed to this report.

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