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150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all me are created equal."
It was three days in July 1863 that brought the small town of Gettysburg to the forefront of our nation. However, it was in November 1863, that President Abraham Lincoln would in just a few short minutes deliver a speech that still today provides insight and inspiration for the world. To observe the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a Dedication Ceremony is planned for November 19, 2013. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am with a wreath laying ceremony at the Rostrum in the Soldiers National Cemetery. The program, with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Dr. James McPherson, will follow. These is limited seating in the cemetery. An additional viewing area with a large screen video feed will be available near Meade's Headquarters off of Taneytown Road. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and numerous satellite parking areas with free shuttles. Live coverage of the event begins at 9 am with a musical prelude and will be available via the internet by following the links from the park website, www.nps.gov/gett, and the Gettysburg Foundation website, www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
A series of events will be held leading up to and following the Dedication Day ceremony. Plan your stay at a nearby Bed and Breakfast.