General Assembly joins in commemoration of Lincoln funeral 150th anniversary

Springfield… The Illinois House and Senate this week adopted a joint resolution designating May 2 through May 4 as days of remembrance in honor of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield funeral. The resolution calls on the Governor and all Illinois residents to fly state and national flags at half-staff in observance of the anniversary.

The resolution was sponsored in the House by Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington), Rep. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) and Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield). The Senate sponsor was Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap).

“President Lincoln changed our country forever, both with his achievements in life and with his assassination just days after the Civil War’s end,” said Brady. “On the 150th anniversary of his funeral train’s progress across the country and his burial in Springfield, it is fitting that we reflect on his life and honor his sacrifices.”

“This weekend marks the close of the commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and funeral,” said Butler. “Springfield will mark the occasion with a series of events closely mirroring the end of the funeral train’s journey. It is appropriate that the state of Illinois should lower its flags in mourning for our favorite son.”

“Illinois and the nation lost a great man 150 years ago,” Poe commented. “This weekend we will pause to remember his sad homecoming. This will be a proper tribute to America’s greatest President.”

“Abraham Lincoln is our nation’s greatest leader and Illinois’ gift to the world. He truly does ‘belong to the ages.’ Illinois and Lincoln will forever be linked together in history. We must never forget Lincoln’s legacy and his lasting impact to preserve our nation,” said LaHood. “There is no more fitting tribute than for both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly to pay their respects to its most long-enduring member.”

The Springfield commemoration of the anniversary of the Lincoln funeral begins Friday and runs through the weekend. More information is available at