Topinka, who currently heads the Republican Party, just as Abraham
Lincoln did, said, “If Abraham Lincoln was alive today, it would
probably knock his socks off to see a woman heading the party.” She
also noted that it is a woman, Mayor Davis, who is leading the city
credited Lincoln as the most influential president other than
our first, George Washington, as probably having the most impact on
our being the country that we are today. She said she thinks that
most Americans probably take our country as it is for granted. It
happens to be as it is today “because a man had the backbone to make
decisions,” she said.
Students from Carroll Catholic School, led by Ruth Freesmeier,
performed a musical tribute that they wrote. Jason Yarcho was
credited for assistance with the compilation.
After that was a re-enactment portraying Abraham Lincoln and
dignitaries from that time period christening the city. Lincoln
christened the city with juice he squeezed from a watermelon.
There will be an encore
performance at 7 this evening (Wednesday, Aug. 27).