With your help, we have defeated two proposals to locate casinos close to the hallowed ground of Gettysburg National Military Park. And now, with the 150th anniversary of the battle at Gettysburg and the upcoming anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, it's time to ensure there are no future proposals to locate a casino so close to the places where so many made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Visitors who travel through the Gettysburg National Military Park soon realize that the echoes of history extend well beyond the park's boundaries. The battle took place in and around the town as well as on the land now protected as a national park, making the entire area an astonishing reminder of a time of valor and bloodshed, fear and honor, tragedy and hope for what our nation could become. Unfortunately, the sacred nature of this place has twice been threatened by proposals to locate a casino within a few miles of the park. Thanks to the commitment of NPCA supporters, we have defeated both of these proposals.
That same promise of freedom, liberty and equality—tempered in battle at Gettysburg in 1863—came under assault on September 11, 2001, during the deadliest terror attacks in our nation’s history. It was aboard United Flight 93 over another once-quiet Pennsylvania field that Americans first fought back, launching a counterassault and ultimately saving our nation’s capital by sacrificing their lives. Today, Flight 93 National Memorial stands as a tribute to these brave Americans.
PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS now have the opportunity to ensure a casino is never built within 10 miles of either of these sacred places.
State Representative Paul Clymer (PA-145) has introduced legislation (House Bill 889) that would create a 10-mile “zone of respect” around two of the commonwealth’s and our nation’s most sacred places—Gettysburg National Military Park and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania—where no casinos could be constructed. Ask your state representative to protect these places and the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country by supporting this legislation today (please note that this action is for Pennsylvania residents only).