President Obama not attending 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will share the keynote speaker role on November 19, for the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. President Barack Obama will not attend and the Secretary of Interior will represent the administration.

This year’s Dedication Day ceremony will observe the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The ceremony takes place at10 a.m. in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and is sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College.

The event also features the U.S. Marine Band, “President Lincoln’s Own Band” from the movie, Lincoln, Governor Tom Corbett, a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln portrayer James Getty, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will administer the Oath of Allegiance to sixteen new citizens.

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  • Snapshot in time

    I don't think Gettysburg is set up to handle the amount of security they would need and gridlock would destroy the event. The President would also risk the current toxic climate in Washington ending up being the story instead of the weighty history of the place and the quintessentially Lincolnesque moment in time being celebrated. The deep divisions within our country today have indeed left us a house divided, and that fact does not pay honor to our nation or the great man who once paid sonorous respect to the war dead in Gettysburg.

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