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American Legion Leads Annual Pilgrimage to Lincoln Tomb
One of nation's most-beloved presidents and most recognizable faces around the state is celebrating a big birthday today.
Abraham Lincoln's 205th birthday kicked off with an 80-year-old tradition: the national American Legion pilgrimage to his tomb. It's the longest-running military recognition of the 16th president in the nation.
Hundreds gathered with American Legion Post #32 in front of the Springfield Hilton to make the journey to Lincoln's tomb.
"Two reasons why this day is important," Post 32 Legionnaire Bob Wesley said. "The first is simply to honor our nation's greatest president, and he himself was a veteran and he was a man who loved his veterans."
The American Legion tradition wrapped up at the Abraham Lincoln tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery with ceremonies, a wreath placing, and remarks by local dignitaries.