The ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery takes place
Saturday morning and will be presented by the Sons of Union of the
Civil War and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United
The event begins at 9:45 a.m. with a military
processional. Then at 10 a.m., addresses will be given by the
commanders-in-chief of the two organizations.
Memorial wreaths will be placed at the tomb's entrance, and
patriotic music will be performed by the 33rd Illinois Volunteer
Regiment Band, a Civil War-era group. A Civil War re-enactment
group, the Rockford Zouaves, will post and retire the colors.
Also on Saturday, the one-act play "One Destiny" will return to
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. It has been a
year and a half since the play was performed at the museum.
Written by Richard Hellesen, "One Destiny" is about two men
coming to terms with the president's assassination. One is Harry
Hawk, the actor who was onstage when the bullet was fired, and the
other is Harry Ford, manager of the theater where the assassination
took place. "One Destiny" premiered at Ford's Theatre in Washington,
D.C., and is still performed there.
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The play launches in Springfield again with afternoon
performances at 1:30 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the museum's
Union Theater. "One Destiny" will continue to be performed
throughout the summer.
The family-friendly play, sponsored by Chase Bank with support
from Barbara Archer and R-Lou Barker, lasts 40 minutes. A Q-and-A
session will take place afterward. Tickets are free with a museum
admission and are distributed beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Lincoln, the nation's 16th president, was shot at Ford's Theatre
on the night of April 14, 1865. He died the next morning.
[Text from file received from the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]