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Lincoln Memorial Centennial Celebration - 5/22/2022

This morning Sarah and I headed into Washington and to the Lincoln Memorial for a once in a lifetime event.  It was the Lincoln Memorial Centennial Celebration.

Lincoln Memorial Centennial Celebration

The memorial was dedicated in 1922, and today's festivities commemorates that event and rededicates the memorial to reflect on Abraham Lincoln's continued importance in today's America and the expanding role the memorial has played over its 100-year history.

Lincoln Memorial Centennial Celebration

Music was provided by the United States Marine Band "The President's Own" Brass Quintet.  Presentation of colors by the Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of Wasington.  Some of the speakers included Charles Sams III, Director of the National Park Service, Rev. Dr. Sarah Johnson, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Harold Holzer, Chairman of The Lincoln Forum, Dr. Edna Greene Medford, Professor of History Emeritus at Howard University, and Dr. Frank Smith Director of the African American Civil War Museum.  Keynote address by Dr. Charlotte Morris, President of Tuskegee University.  And dramatic readings by screen and stage actor Stephen Lang.

Lincoln Memorial Centennial Celebration

At the conclusion of the celebration the crowd was invited to join the presenters on the steps of the memorial for a group photo.

Lincoln Memorial Centennial Celebration

Photo credit for the portrait goes to Bruce Guthrie.

It was a beautiful day under the hot sun for the two-hour ceremony.  I felt privileged to witness and be a small part of history.

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