WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Nearly a dozen Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) took part in a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's final visit to Soldiers' Home in the nation's capital, April 13.
Throughout the nation this week, fans of the legendary president are honoring his life and legacy in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his passing. The April 13 ceremony, coordinated by President Lincoln's Cottage, created a tangible connection from the past to the present.
Lincoln Sailors, along with elementary students from Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, the U.S. Army Caisson Platoon, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), and other civic-minded organizations participated in the ceremony to retrace President Abraham Lincoln's final ride from the White House to the Soldiers' Home, where our 16th president had met with wounded soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
"It's important for Lincoln Sailors to learn about Abraham Lincoln, because experiences like this connect us to the ship," said Senior Chief Electronics Technician Christopher Kuwik, who is assigned to USS Abraham Lincoln. "We are proud to be Lincoln crew members and I believe the more we know about just what an amazing man he was causes us to want to ensure we do everything we can to honor him."
Lincoln led the United States to ultimately defeat the Confederacy, and following his famous Emancipation Proclamation, he enacted measures to abolish slavery.
"I enjoy history and he had such a positive impact on the United States," said Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Tyler Parenteau. "His honesty and commitment to his country make his story unbelievable. I love to learn more about him so I try to come to these events as often as possible."
Events such as this one gave Sailors a chance to get to know other communities and end up leaving a lasting impression on them.
"I've met some amazing veterans and civilians; it truly keeps giving me a reason to continue serving in the United States Navy," said Parenteau. "I recommend everyone attend an event like this one. I believe it helps give our Sailors more reasons to be proud to wear the uniform."
Parenteau further reflected on Lincoln's legacy and added, "Lincoln was a man who was truly for the people. His honesty and commitment to the country has made an impact that will continue for years and years to come."
While Lincoln Sailors commemorated Lincoln's last ride to the Soldiers' Home, other Sailors attended a wreath-laying event at Ford's Theater and participated in commemoration ceremonies at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in Springfield, Illinois, to mark President Lincoln's passing on April 15, 1865.
Lincoln is currently undergoing refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone.
Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.
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