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.

Details of the 2018 event will be announced as soon as they are available.
 
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 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. 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.

 
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

This solemn commemoration features a luminary candle on each of the 3,512 Civil War soldier’s graves. Names of the fallen soldiers will be read throughout the evening.

 
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 2018 will commemorate the 155th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The ceremonies begin at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery with a wreath laying at the Soldiers’ National Monument. The formal Dedication Day program follows at the Rostrum.
 

National Cemetery Virtual Tour

Enhance your visit to the Soldiers' National Cemetery, in-person or virtually, by visiting our web page complete with a photo gallery of the Soldiers' National Monument, a video of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and lots more.
 

Last updated: November 20, 2017

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