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A Speech For The Ages

November 08, 2013
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A Speech For The Ages

President Abraham Lincoln stood before a crowd of about 15,000 people in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was November 19, 1863, and he had been invited to make a few remarks to help dedicate a new cemetery. It took Lincoln only about three minutes to deliver his speech. It was just 271 words long. Little did he know that this speech—called the Gettysburg Address—would become a key moment in U.S. history.

 

In this video, the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln celebrates the 150th birthday of the ship's namesake by reciting the Gettysburg Address.

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