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After 150 Years Americans Honor Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

“We discovered a huge crowd of people who were so moved by the speech to come all across the country to be here today. The diversity, different age groups, people from all walks of life, coming here to celebrate Lincoln’s speech: it's one of the most famous speeches in American history. It speaks to what it means to be American."

WHAG NEWS - Thousands of people arrived in Gettysburg on Tuesday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

“Today's event was actually the culmination of more than two years of planning, for our 150th anniversary here,” said Katie Lawhon, member of the Gettysburg National Military. “For not just the battle of Gettysburg in July, but also an event that is so much more important to people the world over, which is Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.”

While many honored the famous president by donning his signature beard and top hat, others were more focused on his famous words.

Jim Getty who impersonated Lincoln and reenacted his famous words at a special event hosted by the Gettysburg National Park Service said, "It's just an honor that I even get to say the Address. It's just amazing that after 150 years they're still that meaningful to people, that they would take time to come to this little town of Gettysburg, and come to this ceremony."

Documentarians were on site at Gettysburg National Cemetery to see just how meaningful Lincoln’s 277 word speech still is.

“He was able to deliver such a powerful message with so few words,” said Craig Mellish, a documentary editor for the highly-anticipated Ken Burns’ film The Address.

“Compared to the speaker who went before him, who spoke for over two hours, he just really nailed it."

Christopher Darling, producer of The Address said, “We discovered a huge crowd of people who were so moved by the speech to come all across the country to be here today. The diversity, different age groups, people from all walks of life, coming here to celebrate Lincoln’s speech: it's one of the most famous speeches in American history. It speaks to what it means to be American."

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which spoke of human equality to a vastly divided nation is still remembered 150 years later by generations of Americans.

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