Wednesday, January 23, 2013

News--No Clear Reason For Moving Remembrance Day at Gettysburg

Gettysburg Remembrance Day Has New Date, Laura Wheeler, Washington Post, January 22, 2013.

In anticipation of larger than usual crowds expected at Gettysburg for the annual Remembrance Day parade, planners have moved the event to the weekend of Nov. 23, a week later than had been scheduled. This year is the 150th anniversary of both the battle in July and Remembrance Day in November, the day President Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. The parade is very popular with visitors and residents and draws thousands of smartly dressed reenactors who march in military units through the city.

 Planners say the change was made to better accommodate “lodging requirements.” Other events rescheduled for the weekend include four balls.

However, the reading of the Gettysburg Address and other related events will still occur Nov. 19, the actual anniversary of Lincoln’s visit to the then-new Gettysburg National Cemetery.
The city of Gettysburg and the National Park Service have organized numerous events    for the whole of 2013 to mark the sesquicentennial year.

CWL comment:  No direct quotations in this article.  Who are 'the planners'?  National Park Service and the Sons of the Union Veterans. Yet no on record comment from them.  Best guess: Department of Interior is clearing the path for a presidential visit and there would be too many men with guns in the street.    VP Biden scampered out of the visitors' box during the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Pittsburgh when the Irish Brigade came within 300 yards of him.  CWL marched with the Irish Brigade that day.

Text source: Washington Post
Image Source: Maryland Brigade

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