By Carol Meyer
Hingham Historical Society is inviting residents of Hingham and surrounding communities to participate in the not-to-be-missed 44th annual Lincoln Day ceremony to honor local history and celebrate civic awareness and engagement on Saturday, February 15.
Lincoln Day commemorates two famous Lincolns with Hingham roots: lifelong Hingham resident Benjamin Lincoln, Major General in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President -- a descendant of Samuel Lincoln, who settled in Hingham in 1637.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10:15 a.m. with a muster of the Hingham Militia at the Memorial Bell Tower next to the Old Ship Meetinghouse and military salutes at General Lincoln’s tomb in Hingham Cemetery.
The proceedings will move inside at 11 a.m. for a short program led by the Rev. Kenneth Read-Brown, with participation by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company, and a keynote address by Historical Society President Paula Bagger on the life and legacy of Major General Benjamin Lincoln. The winners of this year's 8th grade Lincoln Day essay contest will be announced and invited to join in the ceremonies.
This program will be followed by a procession to the Abraham Lincoln statue in Fountain Square for the laying of wreaths; a stop at New North Church, which General Lincoln helped found; and a light meal at the Hingham Heritage Museum, where the Society is headquartered, at 34 Main St.
Have you every attended this moving annual event? Do you plan to participate this year?