Ill. marks 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address - New York News

Ill. marks 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Associated Press) -

By Jake Hamilton, Good Day Chicago reporter

Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches ever given. We all know the first six words: "Four score and seven years ago…"

After that, most of us get a little fuzzy when it comes to the Gettysburg Address. But not for the kids at the Greenwood School! Each year, these kids memorize, practice and recite the speech.

This year, they traveled from their school in Putney, Vermont to Chicago, where they will be ringing the opening bell at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Tuesday morning, in celebration of the anniversary.

That's not all. The Greenwood students are going to be featured in the new Ken Burns documentary "The Address," which will be released in April of next year.

Governor Quinn was one of dozens of people to stay at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum late into the night to see a hand-written copy and hear a reading of the famous speech.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports more than 100 people lined up late Monday. The handwritten speech at the Springfield museum is one of only five copies of the 272-word oration that was penned by Lincoln himself.

Quinn attended Tuesday's midnight reading of the speech Lincoln gave in Pennsylvania.

Springfield resident John Morris was among those who waited to see the document. He said it's one of the "most concise declarations of equality and what humans strive for."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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