JFK HONORS 100th ANNIVERSARY OF LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-three years ago today, November 19, 1963, President John F. Kennedy paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in the following statement issued by the White House...
"From the past man obtains the insights, wisdom and hope to face with confidence the uncertainties of the future. On this solemn occasion let us rededicate ourselves to the perpetuation of those ideals of which Lincoln spoke so luminously. As Americans, we can do no less."
President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863. The President followed the illustrious national orator Edward Everett who spoke for two hours. Mr. Lincoln spoke for about three minutes.
Despite the disparity of the length of the two addresses, it is more likely that Lincoln's words will be the most remembered. Eyewitness Sarah A. Cooke, who was standing near the podium, said there was no applause after the President stopped speaking.
The following day, Mr. Everett sent a letter to the President which included these words,,,
"I should be glad if I came near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes."