FREEPORT, IL – November 6, 2017 – Local Abraham Lincoln interpreter George Buss has been selected to deliver the Gettysburg address on November 19 at Dedication Day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The event will take place at Soldier’s National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park, exactly where President Lincoln delivered the historic speech 154 years ago.
“I am honored to again receive this prestigious invitation and grateful for the privilege of performing with the eminent Lincoln historian, Harold Holzer this year,” says Buss. “The Gettysburg Address is regarded as one of the most powerful and poignant speeches in American history, as Lincoln dedicated the cemetery for Union soldiers killed at the battle site while emphasizing the importance of healing the country and working toward the ideals laid out in the Declaration of Independence. The address is only 272 words long, but they are some of the most powerful words ever spoken on behalf of our country’s principles.” Buss, a Freeport resident, appears in Gettysburg annually.
Each year since 1938, the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania has commemorated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and rededicated Soldiers’ National Cemetery where Lincoln spoke. In 1946, a joint resolution of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives formally designated November 19 – the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address – as Dedication Day. Over the years, many noteworthy and influential figures have spoken at the ceremony. Previously, Buss has appeared with Garrison Keillor and LeVar Burton, and will appear this year with Harold Holzer.
George Buss has been sharing Abraham Lincoln’s legacy for over 30 years. He performs regularly throughout the United States at such prestigious venues as Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. and the New-York Historical Society. He teams with Tim Connors, who portrays Stephen A. Douglas, to re-enact Lincoln-Douglas debates and other notable events. Buss bears a remarkable resemblance to the tall, slender president and is known not only for his ability to interpret Lincoln but as an accomplished educator. For more details refer to his website at www.GeorgeBecomesLincoln.com or contact him at 512-968-8776.