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Ill. marks 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by making a visit to Abraham Lincoln's tomb with a veteran's family.

Dan and Nancy Hollinsaid of Malden lost their son Lincoln in 2003 when a grenade struck a crane he was driving in Iraq. Quinn on Tuesday called democracy a "divine gift" and says it's important residents remember the sacrifices of veterans.

The visit followed a late Monday night event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1fbWLPy) more than 100 people saw a hand-written copy of the Gettysburg Address and heard a reading of the famous speech Lincoln gave at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

More commemorative events are scheduled throughout the week in Springfield and statewide.

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