Dedication Day 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015 was the 152nd Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We commemorate the occasion of the address, the dedication of the National Cemetery, each year with a ceremony that includes a keynote speaker, a recitation of the address, and a naturalization ceremony for immigrants becoming United States citizens. This year, due to rain, the ceremony took place at Gettysburg College. Garrison Keillor was the keynote speaker. George Buss, a Lincoln portrayer from Freeport, Illinois, recited the address, and 16 immigrants from 12 countries became American citizens in a moving ceremony.

Garrison Keillor did a great job, collecting excerpts from twelve soldier letters and melding them into one narrative for a good portion of his address, allowing us to hear from the soldiers themselves about their experiences and their thoughts.

You can see the entire ceremony here:

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