U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, joined the two U.S. senators from Pennsylvania, and invited President Barack Obama to commemorate the 150th anniversary of former President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
“Gettysburg National Military Park is an American treasure,” Perry, along with U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, said in the invitation. “It would mean a great deal to Pennsylvania and to the Nation for you to deliver the keynote address on this significant day in our country’s history.”
Full text of their letter, after the jump:
Senators Casey, Toomey, Rep. Perry Invite President to Gettysburg for 150th Anniversary of Historic Address
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and U.S. Congressman Scott Perry (PA-4) invited President Obama to Gettysburg to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
The full text of the members’ letter to President Obama is below:
January 17, 2013
President Barack H. Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
November 19, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery and President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. In advance of this important historic occasion, we respectfully request that you consider participating in the upcoming commemoration at Gettysburg National Military Park.
Gettysburg National Military Park is an American treasure. It would mean a great deal to Pennsylvania and to the Nation for you to deliver the keynote address on this significant day in our country’s history.
Robert P. Casey, Jr.,
Patrick J. Toomey
U.S. House of Representatives
The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, the Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg College, and the Gettysburg Foundation are partnering to mark the occasion.
“The words of President Lincoln are as true today as they were 150 years ago – ‘the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.’ The Gettysburg Foundation is grateful for Senators Toomey, Casey and Representative Perry’s efforts because in coming together to honor those who fought in 1863, we are honoring every man and woman who ever fought for this country, in every battle, in every war, on any soil. The deeds cannot be forgotten and need to remain relevant to every man, woman and child today, so that we ‘never forget,’” said Joanne Hanley, President of the Gettysburg Foundation.
“President Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address is revered all over the world – because of that, millions of visitors are drawn to Gettysburg each year,” said state Senator Richard Alloway (Adams/Franklin County-33rd District). “Not only are we observing the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg in 2013, we are also commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. There would be no better way of honoring Lincoln’s legacy, and paying respect to the thousands that gave that ‘last full measure of devotion’ here, than having the President of the United States participate in Dedication Day ceremonies Nov. 19 at Soldiers’ National Cemetery.”
“As the state representative from the 91st District in Pennsylvania, which encompasses Gettysburg and the battlefield where the most important battle of the civil war was fought, I would be thrilled to have the presence of our Commander in Chief at our Dedication Day Ceremonies where President Lincoln delivered the most profound speech of all time which honored those who gave their all for the freedoms that have long endured,” said State Representative Dan Moul.
“When one understands the context of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, the historical significance of President Barack Obama’s visit to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery to reflect on the meaning of that speech will help us better understand and appreciate the struggle for equality in America. We have come a long way in that struggle and paid a dear price but I think we can all agree that our dedication to the proposition that all men are created equal has made us a better nation,” said Bob Kirby, Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site.