Bob and I vacationed in Gettysburg earlier this month. We attended Gettysburg Remembrance Day activities, toured the battlefield, and caught the last few minutes of the Gettysburg Dedication Day ceremony. This blog post, my last in a series pertaining to our recent Gettysburg vacation, is about Gettysburg Dedication Day.
Monday, November 19th, marked the 155th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Each year since 1938, a ceremony has been held on November 19th to commemorate Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and to rededicate Soldiers’ National Cemetery (now known as Gettysburg National Cemetery) where Lincoln spoke on November 19, 1863. The date of November 19th was formally designated as Dedication Day on November 19, 1946 .
Bob and I attended this year’s Gettysburg Dedication Day ceremony at Gettysburg National Cemetery the morning of November 19th. We just missed hearing “President Lincoln” recite The Gettysburg Address. We caught the last chorus of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
We also witnessed a Naturalization Ceremony, which neither Bob nor I had ever seen.
As the Dedication Ceremony was winding down, we moved farther away so that I could capture a photograph of the Speaker’s Rostrum and the crowd.
When the dedication ceremony concluded, we went for a walk on a paved walkway through the cemetery. We followed loosely this virtual tour that I found and opened, as we began our walk.
There are several of these metal plaques located in the cemetery. Each plaque contain excerpts from Theodore O’Hara’s 1847 poem “The Bivouac of the Dead”. Looking beyond the plaque you see the first of the gravestones, laid out in rows, which mark the final resting place for over 3,500 Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg.
November 19th was the last night of our 4-night stay in Gettysburg. What a WONDERFUL vacation we had! What a memorable experience we had of being in Gettysburg for Remembrance Day activities and the 155th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address!
We are looking forward to our next visit to Gettysburg!