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Department Of Illinois Announces
78th Annual American Legion
The 78th American Legion Department of IL Oratorical Semi-Finals and Department Finals were held this past Saturday March 7th. There were nineteen contestants who competed in that morning in the Semi-Finals. Of the nineteen, one from each of the five contest rooms advanced to the afternoon finals.
The Department of Illinois is proud to announce Rowan Macwan as the 2015 Department Finalist. Rowan will advance on to the National Finals held in Indianapolis, IN April 10-12 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel and Conference Center.
Rowan is from Naperville, he is a Junior who is homeschooled
2015 Department Finalists
L-R: Department Commander Hank Robards, 2nd place winner Thomas Kilcullen (Jr.-Grayslake North HS); 3rd place winner Sarvasva Raghuvanshi (Jr. -Neuqua Valley HS); 5th place winner Helene Lupa (Sr. -Governor French Academy); 1st place winner Rowan Macwan; 4th place winner Melissa Lueken (Sr. -Homeschool); Department Sr. Vice Commander Paul W. Gardner.
See Oratorical Results (PDF) for semi-final and final contest placement and awards.
Honoring Lincoln at home
with a re-created funeral
By Kim Foley MacKinnon Boston Globe correspondent February 07, 2015
Feb. 12 is Abraham Lincoln's birthday, an event usually lumped in with Presidents' Day, when we Americans supposedly pay homage to all our presidents or, some believe, to Lincoln and Washington, whose birthday is Feb. 22 (which became a national holiday in 1885). But if we're honest like Abe, it seems the third Monday of February is a holiday for blowout car sales, three-day vacation packages, and for taking off school and work.
While Lincoln's birth may be glossed over (that bicentennial was widely celebrated in 2009), the 150th anniversary this year of his death most certainly won't be. President Lincoln died April 15, 1865, after being shot the night before at Ford's Theatre in Washington, a fact most grade-schoolers know. What many children - and adults - don't know is that his funeral turned into an almost unbelievable spectacle.
After an elaborate service at the White House, Lincoln's body went on a 15-day, 1,700-mile train trip, stopping for no fewer than 12 funeral processions in cities such as New York and Chicago, where his body was removed from the train and displayed in an open casket. Historians say that the funeral "tour" was the most prolonged, elaborate, and most repeated ceremony in US history. Mourners by the tens of thousands waited hours to pay their respects. Solemn crowds would gather to watch as the train slowly made its way to Springfield, Ill., where Lincoln would finally be entombed.
The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition aims to do it one more time, at least the part held in Springfield. The organization is re-creating the
AP Photo/Library of Congress
funeral, down to the tiniest details, from an exact handmade replica of the coffin to descendants of the original 19th-century pallbearers posing as their relatives to a copy of the original flag draped on the coffin made by the same company, still in business today.
The three-day event, scheduled May 1-3, is being organized by Katie Spindell, chairwoman of the all-volunteer coalition. She has worked for five years on the project, which she explained is in no way a festival or a profit-driven enterprise.
"We're doing this right, with the dignity and integrity it deserves," Spindell said. "It could only happen here in Springfield. We have one time to do this."
Civil War reenactors, numbering in the thousands, will be encamped in the city over the weekend. Among a slew of scheduled activities, from lectures to concerts, the main event starts with the arrival of the funeral train at the station on May 2, carrying the replicated coffin of President Lincoln (which will remain closed).
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Retirement Planner: Special Extra Earnings For Military Service
Source: Social Security Administration
Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills) has also been covered by Social Security.
Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security purposes. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of your Social Security benefit.
Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty for training. Special extra earnings credits are not granted for inactive duty training.
If your active military service occurred
From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.
After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service.
Note: In January 2002, Public Law 107-117, the Defense Appropriations Act, stopped the special extra earnings that have been credited to military service personnel. Military service in calendar year 2002 and future years no longer qualifies for these special extra earnings credits
How You Get Credit For Special Extra Earnings
The information that follows applies only to active duty military service earnings from 1957 through 2001. Here's how the special extra earnings are credited on your record:
Service in 1957 Through 1977
You are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty basic pay.
Service in 1978 through 2001
For every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional $100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 a year. If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, and didn't complete at least 24 months of active duty or your full tour, you may not be able to receive the additional earnings.
Check with Social Security for details.
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