The celebration of Remembrance Day goes back to 1956 when the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) in conjunction with the city of Gettysburg began a celebration to help ensure that the purpose for and date of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863) would not be forgotten. Today, the program includes decorating the graves of the Civil War soldiers that died and are buried at Gettysburg, a memorial and wreath laying program at the monument of the last Grand Army of the Republic Veteran, Albert Woolson by the National Organization and Pennsylvania Department of the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic (SUVCW, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Woman's Relief Corps and Auxiliary to the SUVCW) and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS). It is at this memorial program that Gettysburg Address read. This is followed by a parade that includes over 2,000 participants (Sons of Veteran Reserve - the SUVCW military component - and Civil War reenactor units). The day is ended with a military ball sponsored by the SUVCW's SVR with all the profits from the ball going to the National Park Service for monument restoration.
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