NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) will "write" a part of history by providing their words for a commemoration event of the 150th anniversary of the writing and delivery of the Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is inviting people around the world, including USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors, to write their own "272 words" in honor of our 16th president's contributions to our nation's history.
"We currently are reaching out to select people, such as crew members of the USS Abraham Lincoln to each write 272 words in the hopes that what they write will inspire others," said Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation CEO Carla Knorowski.
Knorowski reflected on the meaning of the Gettysburg Address and how truly powerful those 272 words still are to this day.
"On that November day back in 1863, President Lincoln was challenged to speak about the enormity of Gettysburg," said Knorowski. "The loss and lessons of the battle were so great, so devastating, and so humbling that Lincoln used the fewest number of words with the fewest number of syllables to convey the greatest, most important message of the time-some say of all time. Today, some seven-and-a-half scores later, we still hold sacred its message."
Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer, USS Abraham Lincoln reflected on the opportunity Lincoln Sailors have to contribute to this once-in-a-lifetime commemoration.
"I'm thrilled that we are able to partner with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum and Foundation to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. We are truly fortunate to have our ship named after one of our greatest presidents, and partnerships and challenges like this enable our Sailors to connect with our namesake and truly recognize his significant contributions to our nation," said Thomas.
Lincoln Sailors who take on this challenge are invited to write a short, 272-word essay on one of three topics, which include: Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg or any cause-related topic which inspires their passion. Essays selected by the Foundation will be on display for the commemoration event on Nov. 19 in Springfield, Ill.
USS Abraham Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
USS Abraham Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of our national defense.
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