Dedication Day - 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Dedication and Remembrance - Reflections of History: Hope and Healing 11/19/2013 10:00am-11:30am
Soldiers' National Cemetery
97 Taneytown Rd
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the keynote speaker role on November 19, for the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. 

This year’s Dedication Day ceremony 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. 
The event also features the U.S. Marine Band, “President Lincoln’s Own Band” from the movie, Lincoln, 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.
Sally Jewell is the 51st Secretary of the Interior where she oversees more than 70,000 employees and is steward of approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands.  Jewell served in the private sector as president of Recreation Equipment, Inc., nearly tripling business, where the company was consistently ranker one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune Magazine. 
James McPherson is the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University.  His book, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, received the Lincoln Prize for 1998.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes.  The event is free; no ticket will be required to enter.
Due to limited viewing space for the public in the National Cemetery, additional free viewing areas for the simulcast are available on the lawn north of Meade’s Headquarters in Gettysburg National Military Park and at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, and the Gateway Gettysburg Theater, 20 Presidential Circle.  No tickets required for these locations. 
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. and running until 8:30 p.m.
CHARTER BUS PARKING AND DROP-OFF:  Charter buses and motor coaches must drop off and park along Hancock Avenue via United States Avenue.
Live coverage of the event begins at 9 a.m. with a musical prelude and the ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Live coverage will be available via the internet by following links from the park website,, and the Gettysburg Foundation website,

For more information please go to:  or call 717-334-1124.

Event Details:

8:45 A.M. - Prelude: Performing a Medley of Patriotic and Civil War Songs

Gettysburg High School Ceremonial Brass Band under the direction of David Conklin

President Lincoln’s Own Band – from the Steven Spielberg movie, Lincoln

United States Marine Band – The President’s Own

10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. - Wreath-Laying and Ceremony

Emcee (Stephen Herr) assumes the podium and announces the wreath laying ceremony will begin.  Note that the emcee acknowledges each individual as they place the wreath; the wreaths are laid in silence.

Wreath presented by Wendy Allen representing the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania  

Wreath presented by Mike Wassuta representing the Sons of Union Veterans, Commander of the Gettysburg Camp #12 and Congressman Scott Perry

Wreath presented by Gettysburg National Military Park, Supt. Bob Kirby and Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis representing the National Park Service

Wreath presented by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, First Lady Susan Corbett, and U. S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Wreath presented on behalf of the United States of America by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and historian James M. McPherson

A Moment of Silence

Presentation of the Colors by the 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Color Guard

National Anthem by the U.S. Marine Band

Invocation, Rev. Michael Cooper White, President, Lutheran Theological Seminary

Welcoming Remarks and Introductions, Stephen Herr, emcee

Emcee introduces Bob Kirby

Welcome from the National Park Service and Introduction of the Governor by Bob Kirby

Remarks from Governor Tom Corbett

Emcee introduces Joanne Hanley

Introduction of In Lincoln’s Footsteps Speech Contest Winner by Joanne Hanley

Speech Contest Winner, Lauren Pyfer, Upper Dublin High School

Introduction of Janet Morgan Riggs

Introduction of James McPherson, Janet Morgan Riggs, President, Gettysburg College

James McPherson, Princeton University, Emeritus

One Hundredth by U.S. Marine Band [song played in 1863]

Emcee introduces Jon Jarvis

Introduction of the Secretary of the Interior, Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

“The Gettysburg Address,” by James Getty

“Battle Hymn of the Republic,” by Wayne Hill

Presentation of Oath Takers, Philip Browndeis, Section Chief, Naturalization Unit, Philadelphia Office, U.S.

Citizenship and Immigration Services

Oath of Allegiance, Daniel M. Renaud, Deputy Associate Director, Field Operations, U.S. Citizenship

and Immigration Services

Remarks to New Citizens, President Barack Obama (taped remarks)

Pledge of Allegiance, USCIS

“God Bless America,” U.S. Marine Band

Benediction, Rev. Nelson T. Strobert, PhD, Lutheran Theological Seminary

Echo Taps by Geoffrey Spangler and Don Johnson

Contact Information

Phone: 717-339-2148
Learn more about the Lincoln Fellowship and Dedication Day

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