Gettysburg Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121
Dedication Day Ceremony on November 19th may include President Obama
"…The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." --Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863
(National Park Service)
In the months after the Battle of Gettysburg the recovery efforts continued and November 19th was set aside as a special day for the dedication of the national cemetery for more than 3500 Union soldiers killed in battle. This year's Dedication Day ceremony on November 19 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.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will speak at the event, which also features 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.
An invitation has been extended to the President of the United States for Dedication Day. In the event he accepts, there will be specific security procedures and instructions for the public who wish to attend. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes. The event is free; no ticket will be required to enter.
SPECIAL SECURITY PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS: To ensure a safe and secure event, no backpacks, large bags, tripods, chairs or parcels will be permitted into the cemetery. Security screening at the cemetery entrances will begin at 7:30 a.m. Screening will take place at every cemetery gate: Steinwehr Avenue, Baltimore Street and Taneytown Road.
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.
CHARTER BUS PARKING AND DROP-OFF: Charter buses and motor coaches must drop off and park along Hancock Avenue via United States Avenue.
ADDITIONAL VIEWING AREAS FOR THE PUBLIC: Due to limited viewing space for the public in the National Cemetery, additional free viewing areas for the simulcast 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, 25 Carlisle Street, and at the Gateway Gettysburg Theater, 20 Presidential Circle. No tickets required for these locations. Theater seating is available beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Live coverage of the event begins at 9 a.m. Live coverage will be available via the internet by following links from the park web site www.nps.gov/gett and the Gettysburg Foundation web site,www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
For more information please go to: http://www.nps.gov/gett/planyourvisit/150th-anniversary-plan-your-visit.htm or call 717-334-1124. Additional community events are listed on the web site, www.gettysburg.travel.
Did You Know?
Asked to provide "a few appropriate remarks", President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is recognized today as one of the greatest speeches of his presidency.