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Lincoln death day ceremony April 14 at Lincoln Tomb

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[April 06, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- The 147th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's death will be commemorated April 14 at Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site during the 56th annual 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 Lincoln Tomb. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will feature addresses by Jeffry C. Burden, commander-in-chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and Donald D. Palmer Jr., 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.

On April 14, 1865, at about 10:30 p.m., actor and conspirator John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. The president lapsed into a state of unconsciousness from which he never recovered. Lincoln 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, Eddie, Willie and Tad. The Lincoln Tomb is in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]

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