- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will offer free admission to military service members and their families this summer.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the new policy in a news release Wednesday. About 2,000 museums nationwide will do the same.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency director Amy Martin says service members make sacrifices for the country and it’s an honor to offer them free admission.

Free admission for those who qualify will be from May 26 to Sept 1.

The library will also host parties to thank troops, which will include activities for children and Civil War re-enactors.

Service members must show a form of identification.

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