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Living Legacy Program Witness Tree Tagging and Planting Ceremony

Tuesday May 21, 2013


  • Church of the Abiding Presence, Lutheran Theological Seminary, 147 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325


  • 5-6pm, May 21, 2013


  • Dr. Kent Lawrence Gramm, Visiting Professor, Gettysburg College, Author, Playwright and Pulitzer Prize Nominee
  • Michael Cooper White, President, Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Cate Magennis Wyatt, Founder and President, Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
  • Barbara Franco, Founding Executive Director, Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum

Music Performed By: 

  • Wayne Hill (Baritone) & Michael Matsinko (Accompanist)

Musical Selection of Amazing Grace:

  • Sung By Margaret Folkemer (Soprano) and Accompanied By Stephen P. Folkemer (Seminary Cantor)

Blessing Given By:

  • Rev. Dr. Gilson A.C. Waldkoenig


  • Witness Tree Tagging with David Williams, JTHG Board of Trustees Chairman and Michael Cooper White, LTS President
  • Tree Planting with Hartford Memorial Middle School and Gettysburg Area Middle School Students


The Living Legacy Project, a sweeping and ambitious effort to plant or dedicate a tree for each of the more than 620,000 soldiers who died during the American Civil War continues with a tree tagging and tree planting ceremony in Gettysburg. The Living Legacy Project, an initiative of national significance, was launched by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. 

Lutheran Theological Seminary President Michael Cooper White will be providing keynote remarks and author and Pulitzer Prize Nominee Kent Lawrence Gramm, a visiting Professor at Gettysburg College, will share stories of the Civil War and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on the grounds of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. He will be joined by students from Hartford Memorial Middle School in Hartford, Vermont and students from Gettysburg Area Middle School, who will be planting the two trees in honor of George Shriver and Pliny White. 

Students from both schools have been researching soldiers who fought at Gettysburg as part of their service-learning projects, and this ceremony is the culmination of their efforts. The Gettysburg Area Middle School students have been participating in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground’s Of the Student, For the Student, By the Student project®, creating vodcasts that will become official interpretative materials for Gettysburg National Military Park. The Vermont students have worked in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Flow of History to create soldier stories as part of an education project.

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  • 147 Seminary Ridge
  • Gettysburg, 17325
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