|The Gettysburg 1938 Reunion and Dedication of the Eternal Light Memorial.|
The event attracted nearly 1,850 veterans of the Civil War, three-fourths of them from the Union side. Of them, 25 were veterans of the battle – their average age was 94.
The event brought some 400,000 onlookers. FDR came and spoke to them on July 3, dedicating the Eternal Light Memorial.
|Gray and Blue Reconciled Veterans.|
There were different feelings about Gettysburg
- Pride in having fought there, a defining moment of soldiers' lives.
- Victory barely won and lost.
- Horror at the loss.
- Loyalty, disloyalty, sacrifice, freedom.
- When together as Union (Army of the Potomac) veterans, they celebrated the end of slavery..
Gettysburg was the geographic center of the memory of the war. The 1938ncommemoration was a big success because it was
- A Reunion.
- Memory of Reconstruction, coming back to a different society.
- Reconciliation - among people who spent four years trying to kill one another.
Here is a well-presented history of the Gettysburg memorial: