2013-03-07 / Local & State

Budget Cuts Won’t Derail Gettysburg Events

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – The National Park Service says federal budget cuts won’t derail the events planned for the Battle of Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary.

Bob Kirby, the superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park, said Friday that an extensive series of special programs will take place as planned this summer, though the budget cuts will have some impacts.

Kirby says the nonprofit Gettysburg Foundation is also providing some extra support this year.

The park has numerous events planned for June 30 to July 4. Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will speak and country music artist Trace Adkins will sing the national anthem accompanied by the United States Military Academy Orchestra.

Kirby also hopes President Barack Obama will visit in November to celebrate the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

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