150 years later, reading the Gettysburg Address aloud

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Nov 19, 2013 5:01 PM
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(Gettysburg) -- 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln rose to say a few words at the dedication of a national cemetery to the soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, just a few months before.

He finished what has become one of the most iconic speeches in U.S. history in a little more than two minutes.

To mark today's anniversary, witf staff members teamed up for a reading of the Gettysburg Address.

At 9:00 a.m on witf, Smart Talk will be broadcasting live from Gettysburg -- ahead of the annual Dedication Day ceremony at the Gettysburg National Cemetery.

Among the guests will be documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and Drew Gilpin Faust, the president of Harvard University and the author of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.

The ceremony will be streamed on the witf website at 10:00 a.m.

The keynote speeches will be delivered by Pultizer Prize winning historian James McPherson and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

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