The life of President Abraham Lincoln was tragically cut short by an assassin's bullet on April 15, 1865,. At the wishes of his loving wife Mary, his remains were returned to his home town of Springfield, Illinois. The Lincoln Monument in Oak Ridge Cemetery was erected to preserve the memory of President Lincoln's selfless dedication to preserving the United States of America.
Also located within Oak Ridge Cemetery are three memorials honoring Illinoisans who answered their country's call to service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The union preserved by Lincoln was defended by these courageous men and women in the global conflicts of the mid-20th Century.