Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

Near this day, Sept. 8, A.D. 70, the city of Jerusalem fell. Historian Josephus recorded that Roman Gen. Titus finally smashed through the defenses of Jerusalem, destroying the city and the Temple. Over a million perished in the siege. Through the centuries, people of faith have desired to pilgrimage there, including Abraham Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln recalled his last words as they sat in Ford’s Theater: “He said he wanted to visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footprints of the Saviour. He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem.”