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2021 News

Fueling the Flame of the Eternal Light Peace Memorial

November 16, 2021

This GivingTuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, the Gettysburg Foundation will strive to help maintain Gettysburg’s symbol of peace and unity.

Created in 2012 as a day that encourages people to do good, GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement. Since then, it has grown into a year-round movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. Giving Tuesday is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving each year.

This year, the Gettysburg Foundation will focus on the Eternal Light Peace Memorial at Gettysburg National Military Park for its annual GivingTuesday fundraising campaign. Funds will go toward continuing to keep the flame glowing. This GivingTuesday, the Gettysburg Foundation is asking for your help with our efforts to keep the symbolic flame burning on the Eternal Light Peace Memorial in Gettysburg.

Located on Oak Hill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial on July 3, 1938, during the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. A symbol of “peace eternal in a nation reunited,” the memorial was a gathering point for the last of the large anniversary events attended by Civil War soldiers.

The 1938 dedication was a tribute to peace, honoring military soldiers and veterans who served and continue to serve our country to promote peace in the world. Since then, the Eternal Light Peace Memorial has been a focal point for visitors to Gettysburg and for soldiers and veterans to gather and take time to reflect. The memorial holds a special significance for U.S. veterans and active-duty military personnel.

As stewards of education and preservation at Gettysburg, we realize an understanding of the Civil War and what happened here in 1863 is vital to recognizing where we are as a nation, where we’ve been and where we still need to go,” said Elle Lamboy, Gettysburg Foundation’s vice president of Philanthropy. “By funding the fuel for the flame, we will be able to keep this iconic emblem for peace bright for the next five years,” added Lamboy.

The Gettysburg Foundation is on a mission to raise $50,000 this GivingTuesday. Every donation received will go towards lighting the eternal flame.

“The towering monument on Oak Hill is a highlight of any Gettysburg visit,” said Wayne Motts, president and CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation. “We hope you will join our efforts to keep the flame glowing ‘eternally.’ We are thankful for the support of our efforts and the generosity of our community of residents, our Friends across the country and our visitors. Keeping this symbol for peace in our nation bright is as relevant today as it was when President Roosevelt dedicated it 83 years ago,” added Motts.

The Gettysburg Foundation invites you to join our efforts to keep the historic Eternal Light Peace Memorial shining. While this symbolic light is enduring, so is the responsibility of keeping the flame bright. The Foundation encourages you to unite with us this GivingTuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, to fuel the flame of this significant memorial in Gettysburg. With your generosity, we will be able to fuel this symbolic flame for peace during the next five years. To support preservation of our history, visit to make your donation on Nov. 30.