|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
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.