'Lincoln' director Steven Spielberg delivers speech commemorating 149th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

By Gina DiFalco,

On Monday, Lincoln director Steven Spielberg paid homage to the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and his famous Gettysburg Address 149 years after it was delivered.

Spielberg told a crowd at the Soldier's National Cemetery “I've never stood any place on earth where it's easier to be humble than here. Gettysburg. Delivering an address," adding, "Humble hardly covers it."

EW reports that Spielberg also told the crowd “The murder of Abraham Lincoln, the loss of Lincoln, is heartbreaking. And I admit that one of the reasons I wanted to make this film, I wanted — impossibly — to bring Lincoln back from his sleep of one-and-a-half centuries even if only for two-and-a-half hours, and even if only in a cinematic dream.”

The famed director also talked about the significance of standing there, delivering a speech. “All the glory and all the tragedy we associate with the Civil War resides most palpably, and most indelibly here,” he said.

There was also a ceremony held for immigrants becoming new U.S. citizens, E! Online reports.

Spielberg also said “We are filmmakers. We are not scholars, we are not historians, but we are deeply indebted to those of you who are.”

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