Videos: Local students, reenactors, politicians recite Gettysburg Address as part of Learn the Address campaign

Written by witf | Nov 26, 2013 12:06 PM

Hershey Middle School students recite Gettysburg Address

Director and Producer Ken Burns is encouraging families to recite and discuss the Gettysburg Address together on Thanksgiving as they reflect on what they’re thankful for.

“As Americans, we are always thankful to live in a country built on the principles of freedom and equality,” says Burns. “No other words in American letters express these principles as beautifully and dramatically as those Lincoln uttered in the Gettysburg Address. Saying these words together, with our friends and loved ones, as we think about all the ways that our lives have been touched by their message, is a wonderful way to give thanks.”

Earlier this month, Burns announced a major national public outreach campaign, Learn the Address, tied to the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address — November 19, 2013 — to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to learn about and read aloud the Gettysburg Address.

Thousands of people have contributed to the project in the past two weeks. The initiative uses social media and videos from public figures, political leaders, entertainers and Lincoln historians reading the Gettysburg Address to encourage people to submit their own videos.

Below are videos of people in our local community reciting the Gettysburg Address.

Students in the Civil War Era Studies program at Gettysburg College

Gettysburg National Park's Lincoln presenter James Getty

Students at Hershey Middle School

Senator Bob Casey

Don't miss witf staff members reciting the address.

witf’s Scott LaMar recently sat down with documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns to talk about the Gettysburg Address.

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