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Dedication Day – Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address


Time: 10:15 a.m.


Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center
Taneytown Road
Gettysburg, PA

November 19, the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the Dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, was formally designated as Dedication Day, by a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, on November 19, 1946. Each year since 1938, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania has commemorated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and rededicated Gettysburg National Cemetery where Lincoln spoke on this date.


Over the years, this annual event has grown and is now co-sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, and Gettysburg College. It is presented outdoors on the historic rostrum located in the cemetery. Many influential and noteworthy national figures including: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Tom Ridge, John Hope Franklin, Shelby Foote, Carl Sandburg, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephan Lang, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ken Burns, Stephen Spielberg and others have spoken at the ceremony to help all of us remember Lincoln’s words and to rededicate ourselves to the ideals Lincoln conveyed there in 1863.


The day’s events typically begin at 10:15 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers’ National Monument, followed by the Dedication Day Program at the rostrum in the Gettysburg National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. The Gettysburg Address is recited and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service holds a naturalization ceremony for citizen candidates.


Dedication Day is the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and happens every year in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery on November 19. This is not to be confused with Remembrance Day, Gettysburg’s annual tribute to the brave soldiers who fought here. On Remembrance Day, a large parade featuring thousands of Civil War re-enactors and a luminary in the National Cemetery are held, always on the Saturday closest to Dedication Day.


In 2022, both Remembrance Day and Dedication Day fall on Saturday, November 19.


The event is free to the public.



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