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Honoring Abraham Lincoln

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This artists' rendering of the back of the coin shows a log cabin featured in the design. (Photo Courtesy: The U.S. Mint.)

Thursday marks an important chapter in Kentucky history. On February 12th, 1809 Abraham Lincoln was born in the bluegrass state.

This year he is getting a lot of extra attention, especially in his hometown of Hodgenville.

Folks gathered Thursday morning at a ceremony, honoring the 16th president.

A crowd, including Lincoln impersonators gathered at LaRue County High School.

Governor Beshear and Andy Brunhart, Deputy Director U.S. Mint, were on hand to unveil the newly redesigned penny.

The front features the standard picture of honest Abe, but the back features a picture of the Kentucky Log Cabin where Abe was born.

Not only does this year mark the Lincoln's 200th birthday, it also marks the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny. The first one came out in 1909.

The event in LaRue County is just one of many going on across the country this week.

President Barack Obama is even paying a very personal tribute to Abraham Lincoln.

On Thursday night, Mr. Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Abraham Lincoln Association's annual banquet in Springfield, Illinois.


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