Parade and Ceremonies Planned
to Celebrate Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
In November 1863, the sixteenth president, Mr.
Abraham Lincoln, came to a small Pennsylvania village town, still recovering
from a three-day Civil War battle to dedicate a small piece of land. That land
is the National Cemetery dedicated to the memories of those who have served our
great nation, from Civil War through the Viet Nam Conflict. On November 19 &
20, 2004, Gettysburg invites you to pay your respects to the men and women who
gave all so that we could become the country we are today. Several events are
scheduled for the weekend.
November 19, the official date of the
celebration of the Gettysburg Address offers a variety of activities.
Dedication Day ceremonies will be held at the National Cemetery beginning at
10:15 AM with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Soldiers National Monument. At
10:30 AM, Mr. Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode
Island and Founding Chairman of the Lincoln Forum, will speak on "Justice in
Wartime; Learning from Lincoln". This event is free and open to the public.
That evening, a book signing will take place
from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Gettysburg College Book Store. Author Kent Gramm and
photographer Chris Heisey will be on hand to sign "Gettysburg: This Hallowed
Ground". Beginning at 8 PM, the 2004 Fortenbaugh Lecture will offer a look at
"Standing Tall: The Heroic Image of Abraham Lincoln" presented by Harold Holzer
in the College Union Building at Gettysburg College. A public reception and
book signing will follow in the Gettysburg College Union Building, first floor
book store/lounge from 9-9:30 PM.
Saturday, November 20, the annual Remembrance
Day Parade and ceremonies, sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans, begins at 1
PM. The parade features thousands of Civil War reenactors with ceremonies to
follow at the Woolson Memorial and the High Water Mark. At 3 PM, the Federal
City Brass Band and friends will present a free concert of Civil War brass band
music at the American Civil War Museum. The concert will be dedicated to the
memory of Don Hubbard, Civil War re-enactor and founder of the Eastern Field
Music School, who passed away in December 2003 at the age of 60.
From 5:30 – 9:30 PM on Saturday evening, the
Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg will host the second annual
Remembrance Illumination at the Soldiers National Cemetery. The Friends will
also have activities at the Rupp House on Baltimore Street from 4:30 – 9:30 PM.
Anyone interested in sponsoring one of the 3,500 luminaries is encouraged to
contact the Friends at 717-334-0772 or through their website at
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