2019 Schedule: November 18, 19, and 23
November 19 marks the anniversary of the dedication of the 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.
David Wills House And Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Open House: November 18 from 6 pm - 8 pm
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.
Dedication Day Ceremony: November 19 at 10:15 amDedication Day 2019 will commemorate the 156th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The ceremonies begin at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery with a wreath laying at the Soldiers’ National Monument at 10:15 am. The formal Dedication Day program, with keynote speaker, follows at the Rostrum at 10:30 am. Presidential scholar Michael Beschloss will present the keynote address.
This event is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg College.
All public parking will be in Lot #3 of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Parade: November 23 at 1 pmAn 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.
Remembrance Day Illumination: November 23 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm
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.
National Cemetery Virtual TourEnhance 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.
Visit the home of Gettysburg attorney David Wills was the center of the immense clean-up process after the Battle of Gettysburg and where President Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address, the speech that transformed Gettysburg from a place of death and devastation to the symbol of our nation's "new birth of freedom."
Last updated: October 1, 2019