Abraham Lincoln is one of our most beloved Presidents, known for leading the country through the Civil War and reuniting the North and South. The country and the world were shocked and saddened when he was assassinated five days after the war ended.
After Lincoln’s death, leaders wanted to build a memorial to honor him, but the war had left the country with little money. Finally, in February of 1914, work began on the memorial. It was completed on May 30, 1922. 50,000 people attended the memorial service, including a few Civil War veterans.
Questions and Answers
Question: Why does the Lincoln Memorial have so many columns?
Answer: The design for the Lincoln Memorial was based on the ancient Greek temple, the Parthenon. Democracy was first established in Greece. The designers of the Lincoln Memorial felt that a tribute to Greece would be appropriate for an American memorial celebrating freedom for all men.
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