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Lincoln Funeral Banners Unfurled

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:57:58 CDT
By: AP

Banners marking the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's funeral have been unveiled. The banners commemorating the event include a replica of the horse-drawn hearse and are being hung on light posts at the entrance of Oak Ridge Cemetery. They will also line a Springfield thoroughfare leading to the cemetery where Lincoln is entombed. 60 banners costing about $50 apiece will be hung in advance of next spring's event. The assassinated 16th president's body was carried by train in 1865 from Washington, DC, to Springfield. A procession with Lincoln's body in a funeral carriage moved through the president's hometown to the cemetery. He was buried May 4. The re-enactment next year will include a replica of the funeral carriage, with 5,000 Civil War re-enactors expected to take part.

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