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Occupy Gettysburg

November 27, 2011

It was a crisp autumn morning. Drawn towards the clamor heard from a distance, a large crowd of several thousand had gathered. People had been assembling for some hours beforehand in various groups to get reacquainted and instructions for the day's events. Now they had formed into one group to march up the road to their destination with a slow and steady drumbeat. The tone of the drums and the procession was both serious and reverent, with a purpose felt within each person as tangible as the blue sky above. It was a time to "Occupy Gettysburg," but not to protest any real or perceived national problems of the day as has been the case in several cities around the country, but rather to honor and commemorate an historic event 148 years ago. These people were occupying the town of Gettysburg for Remembrance Day, an anniversary that is recognized every year for when President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address in the midst of our Civil War.



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