Dedication Day – 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Dedication and Remembrance – Reflections of History: Hope and Healing

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: 10:00am-11:30am

150th Event

150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, November 19, 2013, will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson; Governor Tom Corbett; Lincoln portrayer Jim Getty, reciting the Gettysburg Address; 16 candidates taking the Oath of Citizenship; and a possible visit from President Barack Obama. In Lincoln’s Footsteps speech competition winner Lauren Pyfer, an 11th grader from Upper Dublin High School, in Fort Washington, PA, will recite her award winning speech. In addition, “President Lincoln’s Own Band,” will perform. Members of the band were in the movie “Lincoln” directed by Stephen Spielberg; the National Geographic Movie “Killing Lincoln;” and have performed at President Obama’s inauguration and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony, at the rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. There will also be additional outdoor and indoor viewing venues open to the general public. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg College.

Entrance to the cemetery will be on a first come, first-served basis; no tickets required. The event will also be live streamed on November 19th.

ADDITIONAL VIEWING AREAS FOR THE PUBLIC: Due to limited viewing space for the public in the National Cemetery, additional free viewing areas for simulcasts are available. An outdoor viewing area with 2000 chairs will be set up on the lawn north of Meade’s Headquarters in Gettysburg National Military Park. Indoor viewing areas are available at the Majestic Theater and at Gateway Gettysburg. No tickets required for these locations.

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