Illinois' most beloved former resident, Abraham Lincoln, will be memorialized during the 150th anniversary of his funeral and the General Assembly joined in the commemoration by passing a Joint Resolution, according to State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap).
“Abraham Lincoln is our nation’s greatest leader and Illinois’ gift to the world. He truly does ‘belong to the ages.’ Illinois and Lincoln will forever be linked together in history. We must never forget Lincoln’s legacy and his lasting impact to preserve our nation,” said LaHood. “There is no more fitting tribute than for both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly to pay their respects to its most long-enduring member.”
Abraham Lincoln was slain by an assassin’s bullet in April 1865. Upon his death, Lincoln’s body traversed from Washington, D.C. to his resting place in Springfield on a more than two-week journey. Millions viewed the Commander-in-Chief’s remains as the Lincoln funeral train made 13 stops along Lincoln’s last ride.
House Joint Resolution 34 calls for the flags at all state institutions to be placed at half-mast from May 2 to 4. To find out more about this weekend’s festivities, please visit the Lincoln Funeral Coalition’s Website at www.lincolnfuneraltrain.org.