Gettysburg's No Place for a Casino

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   June 16, 2005
Contact:   Joy Oakes, NPCA, 202-454-3386
Alan Spears, NPCA, 202-454-3384


Gettysburg's No Place for a Casino

- Governor Ed Rendell and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania face a critical decision about the future of Gettysburg. At risk is the stewardship of America’s priceless heritage paid for with the last full measure of devotion by thousands at the Civil War battle of Gettysburg. There are few more inappropriate places to build a casino.

The recent groundbreaking ceremony on June 2nd for the new museum and visitor center at Gettysburg National Military Park represents a significant step towards protecting America’s heritage, and enhancing public understanding of the battle that shaped our national destiny. The center, born from a partnership between the National Park Service and the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation, will be one of the nation’s preeminent resources on the Civil War, and will educate and inspire generations of Americans. This $95 million partnership represents a significant investment in Gettysburg’s future by preserving, protecting, and interpreting its history. It’s the right step at the right time.

By contrast, construction of a casino near this hallowed ground would detract and distract from Gettysburg’s role as the world’s premier classroom on the American Civil War. This hallowed ground must not become a raucous gaming destination. Thoughtful and respectful stewardship of the legacy of the Americans who fought and died on these fields leaves no room for casinos.

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