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Full Speech: Steven Spielberg at Gettysburg’s Soldiers National Cemetery


Filmmaker Jake Boritt, director of “The Gettysburg Story,” a new documentary to be broadcast nationally on public television for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, shot this video of “Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg speaking to an estimated 9,000 people on the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

Boritt is the son of historian and Lincoln scholar Gabor Boritt, who founded Gettysburg College’s renowned Civil War Institute.

Spielberg delivered his remarks on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, standing about where President Lincoln did when he delivered his brief speech about Union war dead and the meaning of the American Civil War.

Carl Sandberg, in his biography of Lincoln, described it as a speech about how democracy is worth fighting for.

“It had the dream touch of vast and furious events epitomized for any foreteller to read what was to come,” Sandberg wrote. “His cadences sang the ancient song that where there is freedom men have fought and sacrificed for it, and that freedom is worth men’s dying for.”