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Why are flags being flown at half-staff today?

Flags flew at half-staff Wednesday in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. 

President Barack Obama proclaimed April 15 as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln.

“President Abraham Lincoln believed that we are, at heart, one Nation and one people. At a time when America was torn apart and our very future was in doubt, he knew our country was more than a collection of States, and that we shared a bond that would not break,” said President Obama.

The day marked 150 years after President Lincoln's death.

“As we reflect on the Great Emancipator, we are reminded that we will be remembered for what we choose to make of the moment we are given. President Lincoln has passed on a tremendous legacy to us, and we too are called to do great things. His example gives us confidence that whatever trials await us, this Nation and the freedom we cherish can, and will, prevail. Today, we reflect on the extraordinary progress he made possible, and with one voice, we rededicate ourselves to the work of ensuring a Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” said President Obama.

Fun facts about Honest Abe:

President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.

In 1865, Abraham Lincoln was the first president to include African-Americans in his inaugural parade.

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