I was delighted to see that the Nov. 11 editorial, “Saluting our veterans: Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address expresses fitting gratitude for those who serve,” made note of the historic 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns has issued a call for all Americans to memorize this great speech and he is releasing a new documentary about teens redeeming their lives through delivering the “Speech.”
On Nov. 19 at Foster Auditorium, Clark College’s highly esteemed Mature Learning program for seniors, in partnership with the National Park Service, will commemorate this legendary occasion with an exciting program of history and music featuring local notables, including Mayor Tim Leavitt, delivering a memorized line of the storied address. Lincoln scholar Elliott Trommald will deliver a lecture on Lincoln and his times as well as its legacy of meaning. Civil War musician “Illinois” Doug Tracy will play authentic music. Join us. Information on this program can be found at http://bit.ly/HWki8p.
Tracy Reilly Kelly