Honoring Abraham Lincoln

The U.S. Mint.)" class="fancy" rel="story_group" href="http://media.graytvinc.com/images/WVLT+New+Lincoln+Penny.jpg"> Thursday marks an important chapter in Kentucky history.  On February 12th, 1809 Abraham Lincoln was born in the bluegrass state.

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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  • by Bill on Feb 15, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    Hey thats not Lincoln,he's black and has no wiskers.
  • by Jeannie on Feb 14, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    If caring about the health and prosperity of all Americans (not just industry and Wall Street) means I'm a Marxist, then so be it. I am disgusted with continual references to communism, socialism, & Marxism. Bush has exacted far more damage to my civil liberties through warrantless wiretapping, torture in my name, and overall secretive actions during his 8-year rule. I predict there will be regular discovery of Bush's abuses of power for the rest of my life. So glad the Repub.'s have suddenly found their ideology again! How convenient for them to yell fiscal responsibility when they are out of power! I point to Reagan, Bush Sr, and Bush Jr = the last 3 Rep. Pres.'s., and each have left office with massive debt (generational theft?) Every time a Dem is elected, a vast corruption network is left from previous administrations. Repub.'s count on brainwashed people (Steve & Zatoichi) to spew lies. As long as I blame the welfare mom for my troubles, my anger remains badly misdirected.
  • by j j Location: ky on Feb 14, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    i will agre obama is no lincoln, but zatoichi and fred sure sounds like bush.
  • by steve Location: irvine on Feb 12, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    Yea i love how Obama has hijacked Lincoln Obama you ain't no Lincoln. How Obama says that Lincoln was bipartisan that's a lie he was one of the partisan presidents that ever lived doggone man he went through twelve generals before he found Grant my great great grandpa was in the union army and i am a true historian and you my friend are busted and Abraham Lincoln was a republican and he payed with his life to keep our country on the right track .
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:12 PM
    Barack Hussein Obama is a Marxist. In the context of his career, he has always been a Marxist. The alarm amongst those people who only now think he is taking things too far or in the wrong direction would be amusing were circumstances not so grave. The only surprise on this end is that Obama has initiated the wholesale thievery and wanton curtailment of our liberties this soon. It isn't like America wasn't warned. He was brought up with Marxists. He studied Marxist "theology" for 20 years. He deliberately sought Marxists to fraternize with throughout college – by his own admission. He worked with Marxists and anti-American elements during his tenure in Chicago and Illinois state politics – which counts as very recently.
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    Is Obama a reincarnation of Lincoln ??
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    The best way to honor Lincoln in Kentucky is to make sure that the current "Pretender In Chief" is not mentioned in the same article.
  • by joe Location: paris on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    Is "In God We Trust" on the new penny? If not don't honor ole Abe with it, because he was a wise ole God fearing man.
  • by Mom Location: Paintsville on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    My son was born on President Lincoln's Birthday!


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