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First Lady Laura Bush to Address Lincoln Bicentennial Inaugural Ceremony




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For Immediate Release

First Lady Laura Bush
to Address Lincoln Bicentennial Inaugural Ceremony

WASHINGTON (February 6, 2008) – The White House announced today that First Lady Laura Bush will deliver remarks during the inaugural ceremony of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial on February 12 at the Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site near Hodgenville, Kentucky.

The 90-minute ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET.  It concludes two days of official events in Louisville and Hodgenville launching the nation’s two-year commemoration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. 

In addition, a number of Hodgenville community events will celebrate Lincoln’s bicentennial,  beginning with a color guard flag ceremony and wreath laying at the Hodgenville Lincoln Statue at 8 a.m..  Mrs. Bush will also deliver remarks at the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Hodgenville.

Others participating in the inaugural ceremony include U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, Governor Steven L. Beshear, and actor Sam Waterston, best known for his television role as an attorney on Law and Order.  Music will be provided by Saxton’s Cornet Band and the American Spiritual Ensemble. LaRue County Judge Executive Tommy Turner will serve as master of ceremonies. Turner is a member of both the national and state Lincoln  Bicentennial commissions.

The ceremony at the birthplace is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.  There will be standing room only for the general public.  Due to Mrs. Bush’s participation, visitors are encouraged to arrive early to clear security screening.

Additional information is available from:

· Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site

· Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

· and the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

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