Event marks 149 years since famous Gettysburg Address

History buffs will rededicate nearly 100 Civil War soldier headstones in Oregon City that have been cleaned or restored in honor of 149 years since the Gettysburg Address.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Edward D. Baker Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will conduct its annual Remembrance Day ceremony. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery, 500 Hilda St., Oregon City.

On Nov. 19, 1863, the national cemetery at Gettysburg, Penn., was dedicated. The main speaker was Edward Everett, president of Harvard University, who spoke for more than two hours.

Almost as an afterthought, President Lincoln was invited to make “a few appropriate remarks.” He spoke for 2 1/2 minutes, and his words gave meaning to Americans for a “new birth of freedom.”

With Remembrance Day, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War remember his words and all the veterans of this war that took the lives of more than 620,000 Americans.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War organization was created in 1925, and there are more than 200 community based camps with 6,360 members. The group researches local cemeteries to determine that all veterans of the Civil War have proper markers/headstones and that they are kept in good condition through a process of cleaning and restoration.

There are more than 20,000 Union veterans buried in Oregon.

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