Special Events

Dedication Day 2020

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The 157th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
 was commemorated with a virtual ceremony in 2020.

The Dedication Day ceremony is traditionally held in Gettysburg National Cemetery in commemoration of Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,” which was delivered in the cemetery on November 19, 1863. Some of the traditional components of the annual ceremony were included in the virtual program, and this year’s program featured several new and unique pieces, including a short “documentary-style” segment about famed African American contralto Marian Anderson’s performance at the 1963 Dedication Day centennial ceremony; a reflection on the Lincoln Fellowship’s One Hundred Nights of Taps, Gettysburg, 2020 program; and a special video recitation of the “Gettysburg Address” by 31 U.S. citizens from various locations across the country and around the world who have each contributed a line from the famed speech. This year’s rendition of the address celebrates the diverse mosaic of our nation with regards to race, gender, ethnicity, age, region, and profession, while also highlighting the ideals and principles that unite us as Americans.

The 30-minute program is currently available for viewing on the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania’s website, www.LincolnFellowship.org.

Dedication Day is sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania in partnership with Gettysburg College, the Gettysburg National Military Park, Taps for Veterans and the Gettysburg Foundation.