~ Every November 19, we provide a platform for a nationally recognized and influential person to serve as the keynote speaker for Dedication Day, the annual commemoration of the dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery and Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and to reflect in a public setting on the enduring legacy of the address. ~
Dedication Day 2019
Tuesday November 19, 2019
Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg National Military Park
To celebrate the 156th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the keynote speaker will be Michael Beschloss. Beschloss is an award-winning presidential historian, scholar of leadership, and bestselling author of ten books, including most recently, the acclaimed New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Presidents of War. On being asked to be the keynote speaker Beschloss shared "A hundred and fifty-six years after the Battle of Gettysburg, I am looking very much forward to speaking on the anniversary of this evocative and signal moment in American history.”
The ceremonies begin at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery with a wreath-laying at 10:15 a.m. adjacent to the Soldiers’ National Monument. The formal Dedication Day program follows at the rostrum beginning at 10:30 a.m. A limited number of seats are available, so feel free to bring lawn chairs. Mid-November weather in Gettysburg can be chilly so remember to dress appropriately. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater located at 25 Carlisle Street. For Fellowship members and their guests, again this year we will offer roundtrip bus transportation from the Wyndham to the Cemetery. Stay tuned for transportation and event details as well as inclement weather changes.
The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania’s annual meeting and luncheon will follow soon after the conclusion of the ceremony at the Wyndham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 17325. This year’s luncheon speaker is Kent Gramm, author and professor at Gettysburg College. Gramm’s book November: Lincoln's Elegy at Gettysburg, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also published a novel and a volume of poetry. His play, Lincoln Lives, was performed in Baton Rouge as part of the Lincoln bicentennial inauguration ceremony.
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