Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. In 1861 he became the 16th President of the United states serving as President during the Civil War and is credited with saving the Union. Shortly after the war ended, he became the first U.S. President to be assassinated. He was shot and mortally wounded on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre.
Aside from being a legal holiday in Illinois, it is a holiday in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Indiana.
Picture of Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois
7 pm at the historic Lincoln-Douglas Debate Square, downtown Freeport at 114 E. Douglas Street. This is an annual program to commemorate the historic 1858 debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Freeport Mayor Jim Gitz will be the guest speaker and the Freeport High School NJROTC Color Guard will participate. If you have not been to Debate Square, this is good opportunity to look at it. It is worth your time. Before or after the ceremony, you can go next door to Union Dairy for ice cream and those wonderful burgers with meat from Harbach meats. What a wonderful way to spend a summer evening! (815-975-7631)