Washington Post: Tributes begin as Washington marks 150 years since Lincoln’s assassination

150th Anniversary of Lincoln's last vistit to his cottage - Washington, DC“The polished boots with silver spurs were placed backward in the stirrups of the riderless horse Monday, and a gleaming silver sword was hung from the black saddle.

Timeless symbols of a fallen leader, the trappings of loss marked the start of Washington’s 48-hour commemoration of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, 150 years ago Tuesday…

WaPo-DinaGutierrez-MattMcLainThe ceremonies to commemorate the anniversary began Monday with a reenactment of Lincoln’s last ride to his summer home, now President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, on Upshur Street NW.

Members of the Army’s Old Guard ceremonial unit, the Metropolitan Police and Montgomery County’s Goshen Hounds made the trip with the riderless horse, which was led by a soldier.

The horse was the veteran, Sgt. York, who had done similar duty in the funeral of President Ronald Reagan in 2004, said Sgt. First Class Jeffrey Tyree. Sgt. York was decorated Monday with a gold, heart-shaped breast plate.

The commemorative ride, which started at Pennsylvania Avenue NW, began at noon and wound its way north to the cottage, which served as a refuge for Lincoln and his family during the Civil War.”

By Michael Ruane. Originally published by The Washington Post. Read the full article online: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/tributes-begin-as-washington-marks-150-years-since-lincolns-assassination/2015/04/13/3a7787fa-e203-11e4-905f-cc896d379a32_story.html

Photos by Matt McClain for The Washington Post.

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