Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and an official recommended flag-flying day. This year is the 199th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday, and kicks off a two-year celebration of Lincoln’s bicentennial.
President George Bush spoke on Sunday in celebration of the nation’s 16th President. “It’s fitting that we honor Abe Lincoln,” Bush said in the ornate East Room of the White House. Bush spoke in early tribute to the 199th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday. Lincoln was born Feb 12, 1809.
“Of all the successors to George Washington, none had a bigger impact on the presidency and the country.”
On Tuesday, first lady Laura Bush will speak at Lincoln’s birthplace of Hodgenville, Ky., as part of the opening ceremony of a bicentennial celebration for Lincoln.
In Kentucky, they are celebrating Lincoln’s birthplace, in what was later named Hodgenville, which formed a few years after the Lincoln family moved to Illinois.
The Kentucky Historical Society will debut the traveling “Kentucky’s Abraham Lincoln” display during the opening ceremonies of the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration on Feb. 12.