147th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
Published November 10, 2010
November 19th, 2010 marks the 147th anniversary of the day that Abraham Lincoln gave his famous “Gettysburg Address.” Each year, Gettysburg holds a ceremony in honor of this special day called Dedication Day. In fact, The American Bus Association has named Dedication Day one of the Top 100 Events to attend in North America for 2010.
Sam Donaldson, a correspondent for ABC news for 42 years, will be the Dedication Day keynote speaker this year. Read more about Sam Donaldson here.
Here is a listing of events for the day: (from the Gettysburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website).
Friday, November 19
*Note: November 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, was formally designated as Dedication Day, by a joint resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives, on August 7, 1946.
Soldiers’ National Monument, Soldiers’ National Cemetery
Visitors can walk through the cemetery along the upper drive to reach the rostrum.
Keynote speaker: Sam Donaldson, formerly of ABC News, and Chief White House Correspondent during the Carter, Reagan, and Clinton administrations
Rostrum, Soldiers’ National Cemetery
Event includes a Naturalization Ceremony, presented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Speaker: Hari Jones, Curator of African American Civil War Museum, Washington DC
(Or immediately following the Dedication Day Ceremony)
Keynote speaker: Author Thomas Craughwell will speak on his book: “Stealing Lincoln’s Body”, Gettysburg