Peekskill parade will mark Lincoln's stop in town

The annual Lincoln Society in Peekskill parade commemorates

The annual Lincoln Society in Peekskill parade commemorates President Lincoln's stop in town on his way to his inauguration in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 24, 2013) Photo Credit: Handout

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The Lincoln Society in Peekskill will commemorate the 152nd anniversary of President-elect Abraham Lincoln's inaugural train trip with a parade starting at 11 a.m. Feb. 9.

After Abraham Lincoln was elected president, he traveled by train from Illinois to Washington for his inauguration. He stopped at Peekskill and addressed the crowd from a platform erected on a baggage car. To commemorate the event, a re-enactor dressed as Lincoln will disembark from the Metro-North Train Station to begin the festivities.

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The parade will begin shortly thereafter and proceed to Lincoln Depot on South Water Street, the actual site of Lincoln's speech. There will be a presentation of the colors by Boy Scout Troop 164 Yorktown, a wreath laying and a re-enactment of Lincoln's speech.

Civil War military and civilian re-enactors are welcome, and they should contact Paul Martin at 914-245-8903 for more information. For more on the Lincoln Society in Peekskill and its annual parade and other events got to www.lincolnsociety.com/

Those who want to meet Lincoln as he disembarks and join the parade should start gathering at 10:30 a.m. at the train station, located at 300 Railroad Ave.

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