The annual Dedication Day ceremony at Gettysburg National Cemetery has attracted some high-profile keynote speakers over the years, including the likes of Stephen Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin, LeVar Burton, Tom Brokaw and many others. Hundreds of spectators also gather each year to remember and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice of the men buried there.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a much smaller group gathered at the Soldiers’ National Monument for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony and a few brief remarks Thursday morning.

Ashley Andyshak Hayes has been writing for the Gettysburg Times since 2005. She currently covers general assignment stories as a correspondent.

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