Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address turns 153

James Getty
FILE - In This Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, James Getty, portraying President Abraham Lincoln, attends a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, in Gettysburg, Pa. Getty died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Gettysburg, Pa. He was 83. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM)– Several events are planned to commemorate the 153rd anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln delivered the speech at the official dedication ceremony of Soldiers’ National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. The cemetery is the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War. The iconic message would go on to be one of the most important speeches in American history.

This year’s anniversary falls on the same day as Remembrance Day, a day to remember the soldiers who fought and died in Gettysburg during the Civil War.

A wreath laying ceremony will be held at Soldiers’ National Cemetery at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Dedication Day program at 10 a.m. featuring actor LeVar Burton.

Remembrance Day ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. with a parade through town.

More information on events happening this weekend can be found on the Destination Gettysburg website.

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