Gettysburg (Pa.) College President Janet Morgan Riggs, Lincoln filmmaker Steven Spielberg, author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and other luminaries spoke at the annual Dedication Day ceremony at Soldiers' National Cemetery Nov. 19, nearly 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
"Gettysburg was the crux of our national trial," Spielberg said. "[There was] such a concentration of heartbreak and heroism here." Spielberg spoke of his passion for history, saying that without memory, we as a people learn nothing.
Riggs spoke about the college's connections to the battle and the president's address, pointing out that it was an 1851 Gettysburg graduate, David Wills, who procured the land for the cemetery and invited Lincoln to deliver "a few appropriate remarks" at the dedication.
The event was part of Gettysburg College's 2011-2015 American Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. Learn more at www.gettysburg.edu/cw2013.
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