The Gettysburg Address will join the Ten Commandments and Declaration of Independence monuments on the front lawn of City Hall.
The Gettysburg Address, one of the greatest speeches in American history, was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., after the Union army defeated the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Like the two monuments before it, the Gettysburg Address monument was planned and funded by the Four Corners Historical Monument Project, an organization comprising private citizens and headed by former city councilor Kevin Mauzy.
"This year's ceremony will be similar to last year's," Mauzy said, referring to the July 4, 2011, ceremony unveiling the Ten Commandments monument. "The VFW will serve as color guard, and the Boy Scouts will be involved in a flag ceremony."
An Albuquerque-based Abraham Lincoln actor will evoke the spirit of Lincoln by reciting the Gettysburg Address, and a nationwide reading of the Declaration of Independence, organized by Hillsdale College, will also be part of the 45-minute ceremony.
Mauzy said the group's next project is a monument of the U.S. Constitution, which will consist of about six double-sided panels. The projected unveiling for this monument is July 4, 2013.
"That's the plan, to unveil a new historic monument each July 4th," he said.
Mauzy has challenged high school seniors to make a monument a class project, and has suggested that possible future monuments could be dedicated to the Navajo Code Talkers, or to those who were involved in the Bataan Death March. He invites other groups who might wish to plan a monument to get involved.
Mayor Scott Eckstein will be unable to attend the ceremony, but is nonetheless pleased with this latest installment.
"As I mentioned back in 2007, my vision is to see that lawn filled up with historical document monuments; monuments not only important to U.S. history, but also to the state of New Mexico, showing the history of our great state," he said.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bloomfield City Hall, 915 N. First Street, with the Gettysburg Address monument unveiling taking place at the end of the ceremony.