A touching, colorful flag lowering and retreat ceremony performed by
Civil War-era soldiers will be conducted on Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. at the
Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in Springfield's Oak Ridge
Cemetery. The United States flag flying over Lincoln Tomb that day
will be lowered during the solemn ceremony and presented to a
visitor chosen at random.
The ceremony will be performed by
members of the 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Reactivated and will include period music and the firing of a Civil
The half-hour program is free and open to the public.
The original 114th Regiment was mustered into service at
Springfield's Camp Butler in 1862 and fought in the Civil War until
1865. The regiment was reactivated in 1969 to foster patriotism and
to bring Illinois' historic past alive for the public.
Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois
Historic Preservation Agency, is located in Springfield's Oak Ridge
Cemetery. It is open for free public tours.
Illinois Abraham Lincoln
Bicentennial Commission file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]