I was disappointed in your history corner for Sept. 9. I can understand wire services and the like being unaware of a historical event on this date, but a Central Illinois paper, especially one in a city with ties to Abraham Lincoln, should be more aware. Of course, the state of Illinois seems to have overlooked the significance of this date, so I suppose there may be some excuse for you missing it also.
On Sept. 9, 1869, ground was broken for the Abraham Lincoln Monument (usually referred to as the Lincoln Tomb) in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Five years later, on Oct. 15, 1874 (9 tears and 6 months to the day of Lincoln's death), the monument was dedicated.
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The presence of this edifice has made Oak Ridge Cemetery the second most visited cemetery in the nation. Only Arlington National Cemetery has more visitors.
Thomas Steinhart, Decatur