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2020 News

Remembrance Day Illumination 2020 - A Virtual Tribute

November 5, 2020

Following the Pennsylvania Health Secretary’s announcement that all visitors to Pennsylvania must have a negative COVID-19 test or quarantine for 14 days prior, the 2020 Remembrance Day Illumination is canceled.

The Remembrance Day Illumination, a commemoration of the Gettysburg National Cemetery dedication in Nov. 1863, was scheduled for Nov. 21. The event relies on more than 150 volunteers – with a majority coming from out of state – to place luminary candles on the 3,512 Civil War soldiers’ graves. The event will not be rescheduled.

Thank you again to all who volunteered, sponsored candles, made plans to attend and continue to make the commemoration ceremonies a moving and inspirational event.

A virtual tribute with a reading of the fallen will be posted on and our social channels on Saturday, Nov. 21.