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Celebrate President LBJ’s 111th birthday

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site are celebrating the 111th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s birthday on Tuesday, August 27. His wife, the late Lady Bird Johnson, started a wreath-laying tradition in August 1973, seventh months after her husband’s death, to commemorate his life. The Johnsons’ granddaughter, Catherine Robb, is the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Photo courtesy of LBJ National Historic Park

President Lyndon B. Johnson only served one term in the White House, yet his legacy affects the daily lives of Americans, especially in education and civil rights.

Those are good reasons to celebrate the 111th anniversary of his birthday on Tuesday, August 27.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site are holding celebrations at both facilities starting with a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m. at the former president’s grave. The Johnson family cemetery is located in the national park.

Visitors should first stop at LBJ State Park, located across RR 1, to pick up a free vehicle permit and map.

Lady Bird Johnson, the president’s wife, started the wreath-laying tradition in 1973. LBJ, the 36th president of the United States, died on January 22, 1973. He was 64.

He passed away at his Texas ranch, often referred to as the Texas White House while he was president.

U.S. Air Force Col. Phillip G. Born will help present the wreath and provide remarks at the ceremony. President and Lady Bird Johnson’s granddaughter Catherine Robb will be the keynote speaker.

Robb attended the University of Texas School of Law, where she earned her law degree in 1998 with honors. Robb had a chance to spend time with her grandmother, cooking, watching PBS, reading some of the former first lady’s favorite books, and just talking. Robb is currently with the Austin law firm of Haynes and Boone.

LBJ State Park will host old-time games of marbles, tops, jacks, and stick-horse races at the Sauer-Beckmann living history farm. Birthday cake will be served at 1 p.m. in the state park’s visitor center. The state park is located at 199 Park Road 52 in Stonewall west of Johnson City off U.S. 290. The national park is located adjacent to the state park just across the Pedernales River.

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