A large crowd gathered in Soldiers’ National Cemetery on a beautiful and balmy morning to commemorate the 156th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, on Nov. 19. The Dedication Day ceremony was organized by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, in partnership with Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg College.

The morning began with a wreath-laying at Soldiers’ National Monument and was followed by a formal program at the cemetery rostrum that included, among other items, brief remarks from renowned Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, a recitation of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln impersonator George Buss, and a naturalization ceremony for new citizens hailing from 12 different foreign countries. Presidential historian and author Michael Beschloss delivered the keynote address.

Ashley Whitehead Luskey serves on the board of directors for the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and is the assistant director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.

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