Events will mark 150th anniversary of Gettysburg address

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall will host a free commemorative program to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address from 6 to 9 p.m. today at 4141 Fifth Ave. in Oakland.

The event will include a performance by the 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops Drum Corps, a group of young African-American re-enactors, and a recitation of the president's speech by Lincoln presenter Rea Andrew Redd.

WQED-TV will broadcast a one-hour documentary on the historic event entitled "Lincoln@Gettysburg." The show will air at 9 o'clock tonight.

Live coverage via the Internet will begin at 9 a.m. today of 150th anniversary ceremonies at Gettysburg National Cemetery. Links are at the National Park Service website,, and at the Gettysburg Foundation website,

The main speakers will be U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson.

The event is being sponsored by Gettysburg National Military Park, the Gettysburg Foundation, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg College.

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