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Dedication Day Ceremony


Dedication Day, November 19, 2013

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Historian James McPherson marked the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on Dedication Day, November 19th, 2013.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson observed the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as keynote speakers at Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park.

The program included a naturalization ceremony for 16 new citizens administered by officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; remarks by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett; a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln portrayer James Getty; musical performances by the U.S. Marine Band and others; and a Civil War color guard presented by the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum.

The ceremony began at 10 a.m. and lasted approximately 90 minutes. Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College sponsored the annual ceremony.

Sally Jewell is the 51st Secretary of the Interior where she oversees more than 70,000 employees and is steward of more than 500 million acres of public lands and waters, including the National Park Service.

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.