If you visit Gettysburg today, Nov. 21, you’ll find a lot of hustle and bustle in the way of activities and events. That’s because many Remembrance Day events will be taking place in addition to other special area happenings.
First and foremost is the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies. This annual event, held in conjunction with the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, attracts a large number of spectators as well as Civil War living history groups who participate in the recession that honors soldiers and civilians of the American Civil War. The event will begin at 1 p.m., stepping off from LeFever Street and following the traditional route to Liberty Street, turning left onto Middle and then again onto Baltimore, finally onto Steinwehr. The parade ends at the Gettysburg National Military Park. This event is sponsored by the Sons of Veterans Reserve, the Military Department of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. For more information, click here.
At 3 p.m. there will be an unveiling and dedication of a special monument for James Getty, known to many as the official Abraham Lincoln character portrayer. James “Jim” Getty died in back in September of this year, leaving a lasting legacy and impact on the community of Gettysburg. He will be greatly missed. The Confederation of Union Generals and the Getty family have created the monument in his honor, which will be unveiled at the Lincoln Train Museum and will be placed in front of the Bobber Caboose. The afternoon will also include a performance by the Beck’s Philadelphia Brigade Band and book signings by Linda Clark and Michael Peffer. For more information, click here.
Tonight will be the second installment of the President’s 13th Annual Remembrance Day Dinner & Ball. Held tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Gettysburg Hotel in Lincoln Square, there was another occasion that was held last evening as well. Tonight’s event is complete with a social hour and a three-course dinner. Music will be from the 17-piece Dodworth Saxhorn Band and a photographer will be onsite as well. For complete details, click here.
Also be sure to check out the 13th Annual Remembrance Illumination between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Every year the Gettysburg Foundation and the Friends of Gettysburg light up the night with over 3,500 luminary candles—one on each soldier’s grave to remember and honor their sacrifices. For more information, click here.
There will be many other events taking place throughout the borough of Gettysburg on Saturday as well. This includes Santa’s official arrival at the Gettysburg Outlets at 10 a.m. Check your events calendars to keep updated on all other local happenings and special events.