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150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address Observed

Today marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's historic 1863 Gettysburg Address.
Today marks the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's historic 1863 Gettysburg Address.

In Illinois, where Lincoln served as senator, a man dressed as the president himself recited the famous speech at a big celebration at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Thousands also gathered in Gettysburg at the Soldier's National Cemetery Tuesday, where Lincoln stood 150 years ago, to ponder and reflect on what one of the greatest speeches in American history means to the nation now.

"President Lincoln sought to heal a nation's wounds by defining what a nation should be. He spoke not only from the principles of the Constitution that we fought to save, he drew from the founding ideals of the Declaration of Independence," said Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett.

Attendees also laid wreaths at the site and observed a moment of silence. Noticeably absent was President Obama. The White House has yet to comment on why he didn't attend.
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