Birthday Tribute and Wreath-Laying Ceremony - 8:00 AM
On a chilly, yet sun-drenched day hundreds gathered to celebrate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Accompanied by the U.S. Marine Corps Band, four-time Grammy-nominated singer Michael Feinstein kicked off the morning with a rousing performance of the National Anthem and followed up with the world premiere musical performance of “We Dreamed These Days” by Maya Angelou.
Photo courtesy of Michael Feinstein.
Acclaimed poet and author Nikki Giovanni recited "At this Moment" (written especially for the Bicentennial) and remarks from ALBC Co-Chairs Senator Dick Durbin and Harold Holzer reminded us of Lincoln's vision and legacy.
Wreaths were presented on behalf of the people of the United States, the diplomatic corps and various hereditary organizations, including the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), in a stirring ceremony.
Additional participants included:
- Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
- Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar
- Karl Schaeffer, 57th MOLLUS Commander-in-Chief
- Gordon R. Bury, 54th MOLLUS Commander-in-Chief
- Retired Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice and ALBC Commissioner Frank J. Williams
- and school children from Strong John Thomson Elementary School in Washington, DC who recited the Gettysburg Address with Chief Justice Williams.
Judge Scott Stucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, served as Master of Ceremonies.
Photo courtesy of Carol M. Highsmith.