February 12, 2009

Happy Birthday, Abe

Indiana, and the rest of America, will honor Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday (February 12, 2009) with a bicentennial celebration that kicks off in February 2008 and continues through 2010. The Hoosier state has many reasons to celebrate President Lincoln and the bicentennial of his birth.

Abraham Lincoln spent 14 of his most formative years-from age 7 to 21-in Southern Indiana. Today, Indiana's Lincoln attractions include his boyhood home and some of the most extensive collections found anywhere in the world. In addition, communities statewide are planning special bicentennial events and projects.

The Indiana Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was formed in 2006 to commemorate America's greatest president and showcase his Hoosier roots. Of Indiana Abraham Lincoln said, "We reached our new home about the time the State came into the Union. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up."

From these humble beginnings, Abraham Lincoln rose to become the 16th president of the United States. The honesty, leadership, and determination that shaped his legacy were formed during his youth in the Hoosier state.

Following are some quotations from our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln:

  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
  • When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.
  • The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.
  • Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
  • Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
  • I dream of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
  • With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us finish the work we are in.