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, www.nps.gov/gett, and at the Gettysburg Foundation website, www.gettysburgfoundation.org.

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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