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Democracy

True to democracy’s basic principle that all are created equal and endowed by the Creator with priceless human rights, the good citizen now, as always before, is called upon to defend the rights of others as he does his own; to subordinate self to the country’s good...to accept the truth that the work still to be done awaits his doing.

Dwight D. Eisenhower 
100th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address 
Gettysburg, Pa. 
November 19, 1963

With his 1863 Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln forever linked Gettysburg with the democratic ideal of a “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” 

A hundred years later, Gettysburg resident Dwight Eisenhower harkened back to Lincoln’s words with a call to Americans to be good citizens and take an active role in our democracy. 

The Gettysburg words of Lincoln and Eisenhower remain deeply relevant today. Whether it is the “great Civil War” of Lincoln’s time, the Cold War tensions of Eisenhower’s presidency or the divisive domestic issues of today, the words of the two presidents express hope that our democracy will endure. 

As we know today, it is a task that is never complete. Both Lincoln and Eisenhower acknowledged there is still work to do in preserving our democracy; we must be “dedicated to the great task remaining before us.”   

We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Farewell Address to the Nation
January 17, 1961

Gettysburg calls on us to be citizens of our democracy and be dedicated to that task:

To be active. To be civil. To be responsible.

This is the work that awaits our doing.

This is Gettysburg Revisited.

Revisit Gettysburg

A massive battle. A place of solemn remembrance. An emblem of democracy. 

Learn more about reimagining Gettysburg and its inspirational messages.

Revisit & Reimagine Gettysburg

Revisit Gettysburg and take another look at the sites and messages of democracy you may have missed the first time:

Gettysburg
National Military
Park

Revisit the grounds and reflect on the sacrifice and dedication of the men who fought to “nobly save” our democracy. 

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Amid cold war tensions in 1959, Eisenhower–and his grandchildren–hosted Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev at the farm, in a diplomatic and warming effort to diffuse the strained relationship between the two countries.

Soldiers'
National
Cemetery

The Gettysburg Address Memorial: Dedicated to Lincoln’s immortal speech defining democracy as Government "of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Veterans from both sides of the battle returned to Gettysburg in 1913 to honor the fallen, reminisce with their friends and extend their hands to their former enemies over fences where they once fired.