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Gettysburg Remembrance Day Parade 2011 – part 1

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, pauses each year to remember the words Abraham Lincoln spoken at the dedication of the National Cemetery on November 19, 1863.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The annual Remembrance Day Parade is just one part of a multi-faceted program which includes speeches, the laying of wreaths, luminaries in the cemetery, living history demonstrations and encampments, book signings, Victorian balls, and other events. Here are a few photos from the 2011 parade.

A group of reenactors hold a ceremony in the Wheatfield prior to the parade.

A blacksmith demonstrates his craft at a tent in front of the Gettysburg Wax Museum.

James Gettys, a descendant of the founder of Gettysburg, portrays the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

George Armstrong Custer and his friends keep a wary eye out for any Sioux who may have wandered from the reservation into Gettysburg.

A group of very colorfully dressed ladies grace Steinwehr Avenue.

A second Custer made an appearance.

The streets were filled with flags.

I always enjoy the zouave units!’

Upcoming events : Book signing by Scott Mingus and Jim McClure: November 26 11:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Bookland, 2114 S. Queen Street, York (just off I-83).

Mag spread: WITF’s Central Pa. Magazine produced excerpts from “Civil War Voices from York County, Pa.” in its current edition.