Dedication Day Ceremony on November 19th features Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and Dr. James McPherson
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the keynote speaker role on November 19, for the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. President Obama will not attend and the Secretary of Interior will represent the administration.
This year's Dedication Day ceremony will observe the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. in the Soldiers' National Cemetery and is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College.
The event also features the U.S. Marine Band, "President Lincoln's Own Band" from the movie, Lincoln, Governor Tom Corbett, a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln portrayer James Getty, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will administer the Oath of Allegiance to sixteen new citizens.
Sally Jewell is the 51stSecretary of the Interior where she oversees more than 70,000 employees and is steward of approximately 20 percent of the nation's lands. Jewell served in the private sector as president of Recreation Equipment, Inc., nearly tripling business, where the company was consistently ranker one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine.
James McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. His book,Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era,won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 andFor Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, received the Lincoln Prize for 1998.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.and will last approximately 90 minutes. The event is free; no ticket will be required to enter.
Due to limited viewing space for the public in the National Cemetery, additional free viewing areas for the simulcast are available on the lawn north of Meade's Headquarters in Gettysburg National Military Park and at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, and the Gateway Gettysburg Theater, 20 Presidential Circle. No tickets are required for these locations.
PARKING: Free parking is provided at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike and numerous satellite parking areas with free shuttles. When the Museum and Visitor Center lots are full, vehicles will be directed to the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive, and then to other lots as needed. Temporary signs will be in place to direct cars to the overflow lots as needed.
ACCESSIBILITY: A limited number of handicapped parking spaces will be available in the National Cemetery South parking lot. People with mobility impairments should use the cemetery entrance on Taneytown Road.
SHUTTLE/TRANSPORTATION: The York Adams Transportation Authority will provide free shuttle buses from satellite parking areas beginning at 6 a.m.and running until 8:30 p.m.
CHARTER BUS PARKING AND DROP-OFF: Charter buses and motor coaches must drop off and park along Hancock Avenue via United States Avenue.
Live coverage of the event begins at 9:30 a.m.with a musical prelude and the ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Live coverage will be available via the internet by following links from the park website, www.nps.gov/gett, and the Gettysburg Foundation website, www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
For more information please go to: http://www.nps.gov/gett/
Did You Know?
George Armstrong Custer led a brigade of Michigan cavalry at Gettysburg, his first battle as a brigadier general.