Remembering Lincoln’s historic address (Video)

In this Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 photo, school groups and visitors view Illinois\' copy of the Gettysburg Address at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, in Springfield, Ill. Illinois\' copy of the manuscript, often called the \'Everett copy\' is the third of five known handwritten copies of the address. bears the distinction of being the only handwritten copy of the address to use the phrase "under God" which the Associated Press at the time reported Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

WASHINGTON – Seven score and 10 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln addressed a nation with words that would shape and define its future.

The clarity of his insight may have only been limited by his own humility.

“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here,” Lincoln said during the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, 1863.

But the world remembered — and more.

As part of a Ken Burns documentary called “The Address,” presidents, actors, business leaders, journalists and students are submitting videos of themselves reciting the Gettysburg Address.

Burns is working on a 90-minute, feature-length documentary that will air in the spring.

He’s encouraging students in particular to learn about the speech and read aloud the famous words of the 16th president.

The Gettysburg Address was given to dedicate a national cemetery at Gettysburg four months after the bloody battle in Pennsylvania. Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the concise speech, which is now etched inside the walls of the Lincoln Memorial.

To view or submit an address, go to learntheaddress.org.

Listen to figures from modern America recite Lincoln’s address:

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