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Stevens buried at Arlington National Cemetery

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: Former Senate colleagues attend Arlington burial
  • Stevens died in an August 9 plane crash in Alaska
  • He was the longest-serving GOP senator in history

(CNN) -- Former Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Friends and family attended the ceremony, including some of Stevens' former Senate colleagues during his 40-year career.

As a decorated World War II pilot, Stevens was to be buried with honors, family spokesman Elliott Bundy told CNN last month.

Stevens, 86, and four others died August 9 when the plane in which they were flying crashed into the side of a mountain in remote southwestern Alaska.

Stevens was the longest-serving Republican in U.S. Senate history.

He earned the nickname "Uncle Ted" and a reputation as one of the most effective of all pork-barrel lawmakers -- a senator who funneled billions of federal dollars to his home state.

His footprint can be seen all over Alaska. In Anchorage, where most people fly into the state, a large sign proclaims, "Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport."