Abraham Lincoln’s 208th Birthday

Daniel Carvalheiro-Santos, Staff Writer

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Although to many of us it seemed just yesterday our sixteenth president was born, February 12 marks the birth date of one of America’s most significant leaders: Abraham Lincoln. His anti-slavery message popularized President Lincoln in the North and made him an enemy in the South. His strides in the abolition of slavery in the United States of America effectively started the country’s deadliest war. Today, Abraham Lincoln is remembered for the many sacrifices he made for this country. In addition to the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln has also been honored by the carving of his face on Mount Rushmore.

As previously mentioned in this article, America celebrates the birth of one of our greatest, arguably even our greatest president on the 12th of February. For years, across the United States, there are various unique celebrations that commemorate this admirable president. One of the oldest commemorations of Lincoln’s birthday is carried out right here in New Jersey. The Lincoln Association of Jersey City was established shortly after the sudden assassination of the 16th President of the United States of America. A group of Jersey City residents decided to meet every year on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday to preserve his legacy. Just this last year, the association met on February 12th just as they had since Lincoln’s unexpected assassination. It turns out this isn’t the only organization of its kind. In Abraham Lincoln’s home state, there is the Abraham Lincoln Association, headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. This association’s mission statement resembles that of the Lincoln Association of Jersey City, stating, “To observe each anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln; to preserve and make more readily accessible the landmarks associated with his life; and to actively encourage, promote and aid the collection and dissemination of authentic information regarding all phases of his life and career.”  

  Abraham Lincoln revolutionized the United States of America, abolishing slavery and ultimately creating rights for many people. The fact that to this day we still celebrate his birthday is quite impressive and unique, as we rarely commemorate the birth of any other American president. The creation of such associations like the Lincoln Association of Jersey City and the Abraham Lincoln Association of Springfield demonstrates society’s desire to preserve the legacy of our 16th president. In years to come, I hope to see an increase in the endeavors of our youth to preserve the history that has made America the most powerful country in the world. Happy Birthday, Abe.

Photo Credits to the White House Website