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'Dear Lincolnites at heart'

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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.

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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 one outdoor Lincoln statue, why can't Lincoln, Ill., have two?

Warmest regards,

Leigh Henson
Honorary Lincoln Bicentennial commissioner

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[Posted October 24, 2008]

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