The Gettysburg National Military Park Quarter Commemoration
Published January 12, 2011
On Tuesday, January 25th the release of the Gettysburg National Military Park “America the Beautiful Quarter” will be commemorated. For the the America the Beautiful Series, National Parks were highlighted from each state. Gettysburg National Military Park was chosen to represent Pennsylvania. The Ceremony on January 25th will take place at the Gettysburg Foundation at 11am and will last approximately 45 minutes. Read more about the ceremony here.
We are so excited for this release and ceremony! The Historic Gettysburg Hotel is offering a special package on January 24 and 25th only in honor of this event that includes dinner at Centuries on the Square or McClellan’s Tavern, luxury suites or traditional accommodations, a roll of quarters, tickets and more. Here are the details:
A background from the United States Mint:
The Gettysburg National Military Park quarter is the first to be released in 2011, and the sixth overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy,” it was among the war’s bloodiest battles, with 51,000 casualties. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address. It was the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, a group of concerned citizens, that first set out in 1864 to preserve the battlefield as a memorial to the Union troops who fought there. The park is well-known for its many monuments and memorials, the majority of which were placed by veterans of the battle. On February 11, 1895, the battlefield was transferred to the federal government as Gettysburg National Military Park (28 Stat. 651).
We look forward to spending this special, one-time event with you on January 25th!