Alliance Veterans Cemetery to hold special ceremony to honor Gettysburg address

Today is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and the Nebraska State Veterans' Cemetery at Alliance is marking the day with a program and reception.

Cemetery administrator Alan Pannell says the 1:00 ceremony will include the unveiling of a bronze plaque with an image of Lincoln and the text of his speech.

Pannell says that while the Gettysburg Address by itself is worthy of a ceremony, the State Veterans Cemetery is holding the program because Lincoln delivered his speech at the dedication of the country's first National Cemetery...created on a portion of the battlefield.

The Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery at Alliance itself was dedicated on August 13, 2010, and had its first interment the following January. It now holds the remains of 128 veterans and dependents.

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