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Thursday, February 12th, 2009

At Lincoln's Tomb Today

Being 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.


Tags:  Joe, Kati, Lincoln
It was funny. I was standing behind both Joe and Mayor Davlin and the Mayor was doing a little dance behind Joe's back trying to get around him. When Joe turned around he looked down and saw it was Mayor Davlin! Quite funny to see.
K8Day   Thursday, February 12, 2009
HAHA...too funny. Sounds like a good event and the singing was beautiful (jus heard it on the video). I think Abe would have been pleased if not too modest to feel all the fanfare was necessary. :)
LGrant   Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wow, Joe, that sounds like a very touching experience that you had today. Today was a very special day in Springfield, and being at Lincoln's Tomb with all those dignitaries and the music and the poem must have been a thrill. Steve and I went to the Let Freedom Sing concert last night at the convention center and it was very moving.
!   Thursday, February 12, 2009
I forgot to mention Comptroller Dan Hynes was also in attendance.
Joe   Thursday, February 12, 2009
Oh Joe, I LOVED singing in the tomb! Tell Patti and Connie I said hi!
SA Tenor   Thursday, February 12, 2009
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