~ 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. ~

Virtual Dedication Day 2020
Thursday November 19, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania will be hosting its annual Dedication Day program virtually this November 19th. Sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Taps for Veterans, the Dedication Day ceremony is traditionally held in Gettysburg National Cemetery in commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,” which was delivered in the cemetery on November 19th, 1863. While some of the traditional components of the annual ceremony will be included in the virtual program, this year’s program will feature several new and unique pieces, including a short “documentary-style” segment about famed African American contralto Marian Anderson’s performance at the 1963 Dedication Day centennial ceremony; a reflection on the Lincoln Fellowship’s One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg, 2020 program; and a special video recitation of the “Gettysburg Address” by 31 U.S. citizens from various locations across the country and around the world who have each contributed a line from the famed speech. This year’s rendition of the address celebrates the diverse mosaic of our nation with regards to race, gender, ethnicity, age, region, and profession, while also highlighting the ideals and principles that unite us as Americans.

The 30-minute program will be available for viewing on the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania’s website, www.LincolnFellowship.org beginning November 19th.

Begun in 1938, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania honors the memory and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln through the annual commemoration of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address every November 19th, the maintenance of the “Return Visit” statue on Gettysburg’s historic Lincoln Square, active support for Gettysburg National Military Park’s educational Traveling Trunk program, and the “One Hundred Nights of Taps” program, which occurs in Gettysburg National Cemetery each summer. To learn more about the Lincoln Fellowship, or to become a member or make a donation, please visit www.LincolnFellowship.org

The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania is a non-profit 501 C-3 organization and your donations are tax deductible. Your gifts assist the Fellowship in fulfilling its mission to offer a Dedication Day program and highlight the significance of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. For the most up to date information we invite you to join the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania!

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