for Immediate Release
Corbett, First Lady Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg
– Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett were
in Gettysburg today to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the
Gettysburg Address, originally presented by Abraham Lincoln on Nov. 19, 1863.
The Corbetts were joined by U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Antonin Scalia where they laid a wreath at Soldiers’ National Cemetery and
the governor spoke as part of the official Dedication Day observance.
Dedication Day has honored the Gettysburg Address each year since 1938, with
attendance this year for the 150th anniversary estimated at close to
“Abraham Lincoln sought to heal our country’s wounds
and captured the essence of our nation and its ideals,” Corbett said. “His
genius was so profound that it could be dispensed in 272 words, and yet shape
centuries of thought and debate about what it means to be the United States of
America,” Corbett said.
The Dedication Day ceremony also featured a speech
by Montgomery County resident, Lauren Pyfer. Pyfer, of Fort Washington, is a
student at Upper Dublin High School and was the winner of a yearlong statewide
speech contest commemorating the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s
Gettysburg Address. The governor and Mrs. Corbett served as the contest’s honorary
Gettysburg Address was a proud moment in American history, and it happened
right here in Pennsylvania,” Corbett said. “My wife and I want to commend
Lauren for her speech and encourage all Pennsylvanians to take the time to
learn about and appreciate pivotal moments like these in our country’s history.”
In addition to winning the honor of delivering her
speech during the official Dedication Day ceremonies, Pyfer will receive a cash
scholarship prize of $5,000 and one-year tuition scholarship to any of the 14
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) schools.
The contest was sponsored by: Martel &
Associates; PASSHE; the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Foundation; The Gettysburg Foundation; Cotter Brobson Communications; the
Pennsylvania Business Counsel; Gmerek Government Relations; PPL; and Buchannan
Ingersoll and Rooney, PC. It was also supported by the Lincoln Fellowship of
Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Today’s events were part of a series of events
commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
For more information on the 150th anniversary,
For more information, visit www.pa.gov.
contact: Christine Cronkright, 717-783-1116