In an article for the South Charlotte News, Gettysburg College alumn John Anderson reflects on the Gettysburg Address and the 100 year anniversary Dedication Day event that he attended as a student.
From the South Charlotte News:
My alma mater, Gettysburg College, wrote to alumni recently to remind us that “the third major 150th anniversary of the year in Gettysburg (Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1; Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3) takes place on Nov. 19, which is the sesquicentennial of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery created in the aftermath of the battle.”
This struck a chord with me on several levels, not the least of which was marking the passage of time.
I was there 50 years ago for the Centennial Celebration on Nov. 19, 1963. On that beautiful autumn afternoon, I donned my Air Force ROTC uniform and joined a line of march that followed Lincoln’s path from the railroad siding near the college, through the streets of Gettysburg to the site of the historic speech.