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To the editor:
My wife and I traveled to Lincoln from the Missouri
Ozarks to join those dressed in period clothing to participate
in the 1858 Abe political rally and speech re-enactment on Oct. 16.
We offer our highest praise and deepest heartfelt thanks to everyone
who helped to bring history alive in
such a fun and revealing experience for so many, especially the 900
students in attendance. This event was one of the most effective
ways I have ever known for fulfilling the song's theme:
Lincoln, Lincoln, we are proud of you.
Lincoln, Lincoln, we will e'er be true.
Following the bright Golden Rule,
We get things done without much ado.
We're happy, snappy, when we send our call.
Lend your shoulders one and all.
If dear old Abe should return,
I know what he would do --
He'd say, "Lincoln, we're proud of you."
[to top of second column in this letter]
On our way to Lincoln on Oct. 15, we visited Alton to see the
site of the last Lincoln-Douglas debate on its 150th anniversary --
the day before Abe's namesake city rally-speech. To the Web page of
the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission of Lincoln, Illinois, I
have added commentary, a link to the re-enactment program (PDF), and
links to photos taken of the Lincoln and Douglas statues in Alton as
well as photos of the local Abe rally-speech re-enactment. Links are
also provided to news media coverage, including brief video.
Perhaps some day the citizens of Lincoln and Logan County will
again fulfill the song's theme by raising enough money to commission
an Abraham Lincoln statue to commemorate his first namesake city
speech of Oct. 16, 1858. After all, if Taylorville, Ill., can have
Lincoln statue, why can't Lincoln, Ill., have two?
Honorary Lincoln Bicentennial commissioner
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