Sunday, June 30, 2013

President Lincoln

Situated a few miles North of Mount Vernon is Washington, D.C., the capitol city of the United States of America. Here you'll find the National Mall, where monuments are built to honor the memories of some of our nation's best leaders. Inside of this Greek-inspired temple resides a monument built to honor the great Abraham Lincoln, who is Craig's favorite president.

Craig learned about Abraham Lincoln and his role in abolishing slavery in the United States and has admired him ever since. Mr. Lincoln returned the favor by giving Craig $5! Craig found a $5 bill - which has Abraham Lincoln pictured on the front of it - on the ground just outside of the monument!

Inside the giant temple is a larger than life statue of President Lincoln. Inscribed above him are the words "In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever".

The Lincoln Memorial is situated across from the Washington Monument, which was built on honor our nation's first president.

The interior walls are adorned with the words of Lincoln's two most famous speeches. The first is the Gettysburg Address, and the second is Lincoln's second inaugural speech which was given just a few months before his assassination.

This is Ford's theater where President Lincoln was shot by Southern sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. The Presidential box is pictured above.

President Lincoln was a strong man, so despite being shot in the head, he didn't die immediately. There were several doctors in the audience and they took Lincoln to a red-brick apartment building across the street from the theater, where Abraham Lincoln spent his last few hours. He was pronounced dead in this building the morning after he was shot.

We had a fun time learning all about Abraham Lincoln!

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