During the American Civil War, 620,000 soldiers died. As a living commemoration for their sacrifices, the Living Legacy Project will plant or dedicate one tree for each who died along the 180-mile Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway from Gettysburg to Monticello.
The Living Legacy Project will honor the 150th commemoration of the most enduring speech ever given in America — the Gettysburg Address — with a tree planting ceremony on November 19:
Location: Bliss Farm, Gettysburg National Military Park
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Nov. 19, 2013
Keynote Speaker: General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA – Retired, Former Army Chief of Staff
Featured Performers: West Point Alumni Glee Club
Partners: Gettysburg National Military Park, The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s TreeVitalize Program, the National Park Service, and WITF Public Radio
“We take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
— President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, 1863
General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA-Ret.
General Gordon Sullivan retired from active service in 1995 and now serves at the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of the United States Army. He culminated his more than 36 years of service in uniform as the 32nd Chief of Staff—the senior general officer in the Army—and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Sullivan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Norwich University and holds a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of New Hampshire. His professional military education includes the U.S. Army Armor School Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. General Sullivan is the co-author of Hope Is Not a Method (Random House, 1996), which chronicles the enormous challenges encountered in transforming the post-Cold War Army through the lens of proven leadership principles and a commitment to shared values.
West Point Alumni Glee Club
In July 2007, 156 graduates of West Point, from the classes of 1952 through 2001, gathered for the first ever Glee Club Reunion Concert at Trophy Point with the USMA Band. Springing from the camaraderie and success of that event, the West Point Alumni Glee Club was established in the Fall of 2007 to carry on the rich legacy of singing patriotic and inspirational music, a significant element of the Warrior Spirit. Membership in the West Point Alumni Glee Club is limited to West Point graduates who enjoy singing and believe in the importance of traditional music in our service to the nation. The group’s members average over 19 years of active duty service with over 75% being combat veterans.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide area stretching from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia that contains a vibrant natural, historical, and cultural landscape. With 400 years of European, American and African-American heritage, it’s known as the region Where America Happened™. It contains more history than any other region in the nation and includes: National and World Heritage sites, over 10,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, 49 National Historic districts, nine Presidential homes, 13 National Park units, hundreds of African American and Native American heritage sites, 30 Historic Main Street communities, sites from the Revolutionary War, French-Indian War, War of 1812 and the largest collection of Civil War sites in the nation.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s TreeVitalize Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) launched TreeVitalize as a broad-based public-private partnership to increase public awareness of the importance of community trees, and to reverse the loss of tree cover in the state’s communities. TreeVitalize has planted over 350,000 trees through the help of many partners and interested community volunteers with the ultimate goal of planting one million trees.