'The people' mark Gettysburg Address anniversary by recording
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[November 18, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD — One hundred fifty
years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech about
government "of the people, by the people, for the people." Today,
the people are celebrating the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
by reciting Lincoln's famous words on video.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency has recorded hundreds of
people from all walks of life delivering the address. They include
children and retirees, veterans and immigrants, couples and
families, people with disabilities, and people who speak foreign
Screens playing montages have been set up around the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as part of events
surrounding the Nov. 19 anniversary of the address.
The presidential library has also posted videos online. They can
be seen at
"It has been amazing to see all the different ways people deliver
the address. Some choke up when they talk about the sacrifice of
soldiers. Others start out a little timid and then really get into
it. Some turn it into an event for the whole family," said Amy
Martin, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
"Virtually everyone agrees it's a thrill and a privilege to recite
Lincoln's moving words."
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The agency and the presidential library hope more people will
record the address. People can post them on YouTube and send the
email@example.com. Some of the best will be
added to the library's YouTube channel.
Abraham Lincoln delivered the 272-word address at the dedication
of a cemetery for soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. The
presidential library, which owns one of just five copies of the
address written in Lincoln's own hand, is marking the anniversary
with a special nighttime display of the address, a round table of
experts, movies about the address and a series of educational
For details, visit
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
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