Top Stories of 2013: Gettysburg 150

Written by Marie Cusick | Dec 30, 2013 3:14 AM

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(Gettysburg) -- Hundreds of thousands of visitors descended on Gettysburg throughout the year, to take part in the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle and President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Two years of planning and preparations went into marking the milestone anniversary of the battle that changed the course of the Civil War.

The first four days of July saw more than 100,000 people visit Gettysburg.

Bob Berry of Virginia was one of them. He says he comes often.

“I love Gettysburg. I always have," he says. "It's one of the most fascinating places on Earth. “

On July third, an estimated 40.000 people lined up for a commemorative march to re-live Pickett’s Charge—the doomed Confederate assault.

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With all the different events and people, the National Park Service says the agency was pleased there weren’t any serious incidents.

Spokeswoman Katie Lawhon says the only major issue was the government shutdown, which lasted for 16 days in mid-October.

 “We worked really hard to make sure however long the shutdown was, it didn’t cause us to forget where we were on our planning,” she says.

President Obama was invited to attend the Dedication Day ceremony, but he ended up sending Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to mark the occasion on November 19th, 150 years after President Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg 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 who also came to symbolize its greatest virtues of humility, honesty and decency,” she told the crowd.

The Civil War persisted for another two years after the battle, and the borough of Gettysburg and the National Park Service plans to continue events into 2014 to mark the milestone anniversary.

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