|Tuesday, Feb 13, 2007|
On Monday, February 12th, Secretary Kempthorne spoke at the 198th anniversary of the birth of President Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial, urging all Americans to carry him in their hearts because he symbolizes the best of America.
âOn this 198th anniversary of Abraham Lincolnâs birth, let us be thankful for his life and for his example,â Kempthorne said. âLet us be thankful that we can carry the legacy of such an extraordinary man in our hearts. God Bless Abraham Lincoln, God Bless the Union that he loved.â
Joseph M. Lawler, Regional Director for National Capital Region, also spoke at the observance, which was sponsored by the National Park Service, the Military District of Washington (M.D.W.) and the Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee. The ceremony featured musical selections by the United States Air Force Ceremonial Brass. Peter Arrott Dixon, chairman, Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee served as the master of ceremonies. Benjamin C. Frick, Esq., Commander-in-Chief, Military Order of the Loyal Legion, read the âLetter from the President.â The Honorable William A. Novas, Jr., Assistant Secretary of the Navy, read "The Gettysburg Address."
The Frederick Talley Drum Hunt History Award of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion was presented to Abigail Duvall, a student from the Severn School, Severn Park, Maryland. The Frederick Tally Drum Hunt Award was originally conceived by the late Frederick Tally Drum Hunt to promote, recognize, and honor and outstanding history student in the senior class at the Severn School. His hope and desire was that this award would serve to promote the study and appreciation of the Civil War, its leaders, and the vital part this era played in the history of our nation.
Wreaths were presented by Secretary Kempthorne, Major General Guy Swan, M.D.W., Commanding General, for the President of the United States. His Excellency Jerome Mendouga, Ambassador, Republic of Camaroon, Acting Dean, Diplomatic Corps., Victor Reinoso, Deputy District of Columbia Mayor for Education, and Jerry W. Zillion, Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee. Many civic floral tributes were also presented.