Dedication Day Events

November 19 marks the anniversary of the dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg. The Soldiers' National Cemetery is famous throughout the world today as the site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered at the cemetery's dedication ceremonies four and a half months after the battle. Numerous events take place each year to commemorate this monumental anniversary.
 
A Union living history band marches in the Dedication Day parade.
A Union living history band marches in the Dedication Day parade.

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Parade

An annual parade of Civil War living history groups is held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary. This event is sponsored by the Sons of Veterans Reserve, the Military Department of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The parade begins at 1 pm on November 18, 2017.

For more information visit Destination Gettysburg.
 
The sign at the front door of the David Wills house described how Abraham Lincoln stayed there on November 18, 1863.
The sign at the front door of the David Wills house.

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David Wills House And Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Open House

Evening Open House at the David Wills House and Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station 6 pm - 8 p.m. Special interpretive programs will coincide with the period President Lincoln occupied the two structures during his visit to Gettysburg to dedicate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

The open house events are from 6 pm - 8 pm on November 18, 2017.

For more information visit Gettysburg Foundation.

 
Luminaries and flags adorn the Civil War graves in the Soldiers' National Cemetery.
Luminaries and flags adorn the Civil War graves in the Soldiers' National Cemetery.

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Remembrance Day Illumination

Due to inclement weather, the Illumination has been cancelled.

For more information visit Gettysburg Foundation.

 
The only know picture of Abraham Lincoln from the November 19, 1863 ceremony shows Lincoln from a distance with his hat removed and his head bowed. He is surrounded by dignitaries and the large crowd.
The only known picture of Abraham Lincoln from the November 19, 1863 ceremony shows Lincoln from a distance with his hat removed and his head bowed. He is surrounded by dignitaries and the large crowd.

Dedication Day

Dedication Day 2017 commemorates the 154th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The ceremonies begin at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery with a wreath laying at 10:00 am at the Soldiers’ National Monument. The formal Dedication Day program follows at the Rostrum, beginning at 10:30 am.

This year’s keynote speaker is Harold Holzer, writer, scholar and one of the nation’s foremost Lincoln experts. Once again a Naturalization Ceremony by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will be held during this event, when 15 new U.S. Citizens will be sworn in! A period-dressed honor guard, as well as a marching band will perform before the program of multiple speakers begins.

A limited number of seats are available, so feel free to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will relocate to Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg. As in years past, the Dedication Day events are sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, the Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg National Military Park and Gettysburg College.

Dedication Day ceremonies take place from 10 am - 11:30 am on November 19, 2017.

For more information visit Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania.

Last updated: November 17, 2017

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