In less than a week, LaRue County will celebrate the 210th birthday of one of the most well-known presidents in the country’s history: Abraham Lincoln.
Hodgenville will have a series of events Tuesday to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday.
“In Hodgenville, we are very proud of our heritage. We are proud that Abraham Lincoln got his start in LaRue County, so every year we have two main events,” Lincoln Days Board President Diana Aubrey said. Those events include the birthday festivities and Lincoln Days in October.
“We do it to remember and honor President Lincoln for all the things he did, but also for the fact we feel like he got a lot of his ideas and his basic thinking and personality from his early years in LaRue County,” she added.
Tuesday’s activities begin at 8 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony in Statue Plaza Lincoln Square in downtown Hodgenville followed by a reception at the Hodgenville Christian Church Fellowship Hall.
Another wreath-laying ceremony is at 10 a.m. at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Aubrey said. Then the annual Lincoln Luncheon is from noon to 1 p.m. at the LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service office.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Lincoln Museum or from Lincoln Days board members. Anyone interested in a ticket also can call Aubrey at 270-537-4234. She encouraged people to purchase tickets in advance.
Heather French Henry is guest speaker. She is former commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, a candidate for Kentucky secretary of state and a former Miss America.
The program includes music performed by Camille Turner, presentation of the Richard Burks Award and a meal. Aubrey said it’s a great opportunity to gather and commemorate Lincoln’s birthday.
The public is invited to attend any of the ceremonies to honor Lincoln’s birthday.