Lincoln Tomb marks 149th anniversary of Lincoln’s murder with events April 12
SPRINGFIELD – The Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site will mark the 149th anniversary of President Lincoln’s assassination with an April 12 ceremony conducted by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 9:45 a.m. with a military processional to the Lincoln Tomb. Then starting at 10 a.m., addresses will be delivered by Waldron K. Post, commander in chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and Ken Freshley, commander in chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Memorial wreaths will then be placed near the Tomb entrance.
Patriotic music will be provided by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band, a Civil War-era group. The Rockford Zouaves, a Civil War re-enactment group, will post and retire the colors.
Lincoln was shot by actor and conspirator John Wilkes Booth about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 1865 in Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next morning.
The Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is the final resting place of the 16th president, his wife Mary, and three of their sons. It is located in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery.
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