It’s November. A lot of people have already started the countdowns to Christmas. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. November holds some great holidays and traditions that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Nov. 19 is an historical day for Gettysburg. On this hallowed ground 156 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg Address. A speech consisting of a mere 271 words that only took two minutes to deliver has become one of the best-known speeches in American history. Gettysburg attorney David Wills wrote to the president inviting him to the dedication ceremony and asking Lincoln to give “a few appropriate remarks” after the oration by Edward Everett. It was Everett’s two-hour, 13,607-word oration that was slated to be the “Gettysburg Address.” With a “few appropriate remarks” Lincoln was able to summarize his view of the war in just 10 sentences. Because of those 271 words, those two minutes, those 10 sentences, every Nov. 19 Gettysburg celebrates Dedication Day in the National Cemetery. This year’s guest speaker is award-winning presidential historian Michael Beschloss. The following Saturday will be the Remembrance Day parade. It’s such a beautiful weekend throughout the battlefield as people place beautiful flower arrangements at the various monuments.

Jennie Dillon is the vice president of GARMA, owner of Artworks on York St. and the office and events manager at Gettysburg Rental Center.

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