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2    WHEREAS, The life and presidency of President Abraham
3Lincoln are integral to the identity and character of this
4great nation; his sudden passing is an indelible mark upon
5history; and
6    WHEREAS, Abraham Lincoln's statesmanship began in the
7State of Illinois; following his establishment as a lawyer and
8legislator, the State capital of Springfield became his home in
91837; and
10    WHEREAS, Springfield was the home of Lincoln's family until
11February 11, 1861, when he departed for Washington D.C. to
12serve as the 16th President of the United States until his
13death on April 15, 1865; and
14    WHEREAS, President Lincoln's body was returned to
15Springfield on May 3, 1865, as the nation mourned his passing;
16he was laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery on May 4, 1865; and
17    WHEREAS, The Illinois Senate is compelled to acknowledge
18and commend the exceptional effort to preserve and honor the
19legacy of Abraham Lincoln for this State and our nation; and
20    WHEREAS, The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition will be



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1honoring the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln with a
2commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the President's final
3return to Springfield, his home and final resting place; and
4    WHEREAS, The mission of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition
5(1865-2015) is to educate, coordinate, and promote the accurate
6and dignified reenactment of the historic anniversary of
7Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession in Springfield; and
8    WHEREAS, This extraordinary event will begin with
9symposiums starting in April of 2015 and culminate with the
10reenactment of the original 1865 funeral during a 3-day
11historic experience from May 1-3, 2015; and
12    WHEREAS, The event's symposiums and reenactment will serve
13as a valuable resource to inform, educate, and enlighten the
14citizens of this State and the nation; therefore, be it
16ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we designate the days
17of April 28, 2013 to May 4, 2013 as Abraham Lincoln Memorial
18Week to acknowledge the efforts of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral
19Coalition, and show our gratitude to the Coalition's members,
20advisors, partners, and participants for their mission to
21preserve and honor the legacy of Abraham Lincoln as they
22prepare for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the



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1President's final return to Springfield; and be it further
2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the members of the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition
4as a token of our esteem.