Each year on April 15th, the SUVCW and MOLLUS sponsor a commemoration of the death of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln at his tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield IL.
All 5 of the Allied Orders place wreaths as well as many Departments, camps and auxiliaries.
It was my privilege to escort my wife who is the National Chaplain of the ASUVCW to this year’s event. The weather was warm and sunny and the turnout was excellent. Commander in Chief of the SUVCW, Don Martin and Commander in Chief of MOLLUS, James Simmons. both gave short addresses. The 33rd IL Volunteer Regiment Band played several selections. The Rockford Zoaves served as the Color Guard.
Touring the Tomb is something every American should take the time to do. It is a moving experience to stand inside the tomb staring at the sarcophagus and knowing that you are standing near the remains of the most loved President ever – the one who guided the country through a wrenching civil war but held the country together and freed the slaves.
Oak Ridge cemetery is beautiful and has many notables and beautiful monuments in addition to the Lincoln Tomb so put next April 15th on your schedule. You’ll be glad you did.
Brother Kerry Langdon