(Gettysburg) -- On the day when the Gettysburg Address turned 150, thousands gathered on the famed Civil War battlefield to honor one of the greatest speeches in U-S history.
U-S Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was among the group of speakers that included politicians and historians at the annual Dedication Day event.
Her remarks ran 272 words, the same number Lincoln using during his Address.
"No words are greater than those spoken here by a simple man, born in a log cabin, who not only saved the American Union, but also came to symbolize it's greatest virtue of humility, of honesty, and decency."
McPherson remembered a letter he read from a 17 year old girl with immigrant parents.
"If the United States was not in existence today, I would not have the opportunity to excel in life and in education. The Union was preserved not only for the people yesterday, but for the lives of today."
Governor Corbett says everyone should take up the challenge presented by President Lincoln.
"Lincoln came to Gettysburg to honor the dead. And by the time he departed, he helped define a nation that would be inherited by the living, and by the generations that had yet to be born. His words were simple."
Pennsylvania Democratic US Senator Bob Casey spoke of the nation rallying to support its military, which he notes needs more support.
The 150th anniversary remembrance continues through the weekend, with a parade scheduled for Saturday in Gettysburg.
Organizers invited President Obama to the event, but he declined, citing a busy schedule.
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