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Hodgenville Post Office to honor Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

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By The Staff

The Hodgenville Post Office will offer a special commemorative cachet honoring the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial next week.

The cachet shows the full gamut of Lincoln's life from the cabin representing his birth to the new statue depicting him as a young boy on one side and the U.S. Capitol and the statue of the president seated on the other side.

The cachet will include the Liberty Bell Forever stamp in the top right hand corner and bears the words Forever Immortalized across the top.

Local artist Phyllis Blakeman designed the cachet depicting the 16th president's life. Blakeman said that she wanted to tie the two parts of Lincoln's life together from his beginnings in Hodgenville to where he ended up in Washington D.C.

The cachet will be for sale at the Hodgenville Post Office on Feb. 12. It will also be available at the Abraham Lincoln National Birthplace that day during the bicentennial celebration. Elizabethtown Postmaster Donetta Faulkner Elmore and Cecelia Postmaster Jan Miller will be selling them at the birthplace. The cachets will be sold for $5 and each one will be in a plastic case to be kept as a souvenir.

"This is not a post office affair," Hodgenville Postmaster Bob Hummer said. "This is something for the community."

Hummer said that he wants to thank Blakeman for her contribution.

"It hooks up the child where he started and has him looking up toward the sky, toward his future," he said.