Thousands gather to commemorate Gettysburg Address

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Thousands of people have gathered in central Pennsylvania to mark the 150th anniversary of Present Lincoln's historic Gettysburg Address.

A series of events are scheduled at the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, including a reading of the address by a re-enactor.

Civil War historian James McPherson and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are the keynote speakers. Dignitaries on hand included Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Park officials say U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is to swear in 16 new American citizens and join Corbett a luncheon in honor of a high school girl who won a contest with her essay about the importance the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln delivered the address nearly five months after the pivotal 1863 battle that left tens of thousands of men wounded, dead or missing.

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