Gettysburg Address 150th Anniversary, Thousands gathered Tuesday to ponder what the Gettysburg Address has meant to the nation on the Civil War battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous speech that symbolized his presidency and the sacrifices made by Union and Confederate forces.
Civil War historian James McPherson and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spoke to mark the 150th anniversary of the speech. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett also delivered remarks.
“Lincoln’s timeless words embodied and galvanized us as a nation,” Congressman Scott Perry, R-Pa., said at the event. “Everything we’ve achieved since that time was born out of the sacrifice of the soldiers that fought here and the patriots that followed through their footsteps throughout history.”
The event comes near the end of a momentous year for the park, city and college that share the name Gettysburg, as hundreds of thousands of visitors took part in historical re-enactments and ceremonies.