Illinois honors Lincoln on anniversary of his death
The state of Illinois and its citizens paused April 15 to honor the legacy of Abraham Lincoln exactly 150 years after he was struck down by an assassin.
More than 600 people gathered in Lincoln’s hometown for a memorial service that included sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Tributes to the 16th president flooded social media, and Illinois legislators stopped their work to honor him. Special events were held at the tomb where Lincoln is buried, the capitol where he served as a legislator and the presidential library dedicated to his life.
“Abraham Lincoln’s commitment to democracy and liberty continues to inspire people around the world,” said Amy Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. “It’s appropriate that we all take a moment to remember his amazing life on the 150th anniversary of his tragic death.”