At Lincoln's Tomb TodayBeing the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, there are many events going on here in Springfield, IL. I got the opportunity to attend a spectacular event today at Lincoln's tomb. The group "Sound Celebration," a chapter of Sweet Adelines International serenaded the American Legion pilgrimage to the tomb. My mother-in-law, Patti Drake, is a member and as a good son-in-law, I was there to hold her coat and sunglasses while she sang. By absolute coincidence I ended up being in the same small room in the tomb as Illinois Governor Pat Quinn(D), State Senator Larry Bomke(R), State Representative Raymond Poe(R), and Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin(D) as they laid wreaths on Abraham Lincoln's headstone within the tomb. The Gettysburg Address was read and the Sound Celebration Chorus sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic. It was very moving hearing that amazing rendition in the very tomb holding Lincoln's body. After the song concluded Oh Captain, My Captain was read and the chorus sang another song. I think the 16th president himself would have been very moved at the performance and the meeting of both Republicans and Democrats showing mutual respect for one another in this hallowed spot.
K8Day was able to get some fantastic photos and apparently I was holding back the mayor from exiting the tomb. He is much shorter in person and I hadn't noticed him. When I did I turned and said, "Oh, Hello, Mayor Davlin." I got a "Hi, How you doing?" from him which was cool. Check out Kati's pictures.