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Steven Spielberg to speak at Gettysburg memorial after ‘Lincoln’ opens

By Daniel S Levine,

Just because Steven Spielberg has already finished working on Lincoln doesn’t mean that he’s done with one of this country’s greatest presidents. It has been announced that the Oscar-winning director will be the keynote speaker at an event to mark the 149th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg College, and the Gettysburg Foundation announced on Tuesday that Spielberg will speak during the Dedication Day ceremony, which starts at 10pm on Nov. 19, just days after Lincoln’s wide release.

The day will also include Lincoln portrayer James Getty’s recitation of the address, reports Entertainment Weekly. A naturalization ceremony will also be held.

“It is an honor to be asked to speak at such a hallowed place on the anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. I look forward to visiting Pennsylvania and commemorating this important moment in our nation's history,” Spielberg said in a statement.

The Lincoln Fellowship has been holding the ceremony since 1938. Dedication Day was officially declared in 1946. Past keynote speakers include Tom Brokaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Sandra Day O'Connor, Colin Powell and Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.

Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting that Lincoln’s distributor, Disney, plans on showing a special two-minute preview during tonight’s presidential debate. The ad will run on ABC, CNN and CBS and will include footage not in the previously released trailer.

Lincoln will be in limited theaters on Nov. 9 and will go wide on Nov. 16. The Oscar hopeful stars Daniel Day Lewis in the lead role.

 
 

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