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VFW, American Legion to Honor Lincoln's Birthday
Local VFW and American Legion members will mark Abraham Lincoln's 204th birthday with ceremonies this weekend and Tuesday.
On Saturday, the VFW will make its 66th annual pilgrimage to the tomb. The service begins at 2:30 p.m. and will feature a eulogy for the 16th president, with military honors to follow.
On February 12, Lincoln's birthday, Springfield American Legion Post 32 will hold their 79th annual pilgrimage to the tomb. Dignitaries will assemble at 10:30 a.m., and wreaths from Legion posts across the state and country will be placed in the burial chamber. The American Legion National Commander will address those gathered for the event at 11 a.m. Other officials will also speak, and the Sound Celebration Chorus will sing patriotic songs.
Both events are free and open to the public.