By Wendy Swanson
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Commemorating Lincoln's Birthday at the Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln's birthday is rapidly approaching. For those who will be here in the Washington, D.C. area on the 12th, there is no better way to commemorate Abe's 214th than to attend the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. The event this coming Sunday starts at 10:45 a.m., ending at noon. The event is free and open to the public.
The ceremony is an annual tradition here in Washington and the Lincoln Group will once again participate in this National Commemoration of our 16th president's birthday. The event will feature a military color and honor guard, appropriate remarks, a reading of the Gettysburg Address, presentation of a scholarship award to an outstanding student, and musical selections. However, the heart of the event is the actual wreath-laying when government officials; distinguished guests; and hereditary, patriotic and Lincoln-themed organizations place floral wreaths at the foot of Daniel Chester French’s marble seated Lincoln. And, yes, the Lincoln Group will be among those honoring Lincoln with a birthday wreath.
Following the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922, members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) resolved to commemorate the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth each year at the memorial, starting on February 12, 1923. The tradition continues to this day, organized by The Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee and (MOLLUS) and presented in cooperation with the National Park Service.
The current forecast for the day calls for sunny weather, though dress warmly – the marble memorial can be chilly. Plan now to join us in this annual tradition and do your part to remember Old Abe on his birthday.
(Photo credit: National Park Service)