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If you are a Pennsylvania resident, please urge your state legislators to support House Bill 889, legislation to protect the Gettysburg battlefield. If enacted, this landmark bill would permanently ban casino gambling within 10 miles of Gettysburg National Military Park and Flight 93 National Memorial — two of our nation's most significant historic sites.
A sample letter appears below. To send the letter, you may need to log into your personal Civil War Trust account. If you do not have an account, fill in your contact information below. Also, please consider personalizing the letter so it gets the full attention it deserves. As always, we ask that you keep your comments polite and respectful.
In addition to your state representative, your letter will be sent to Speaker Samuel “Sam” H. Smith, House Majority Leader Mike Turzai and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody.
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Tell Pennsylvania Lawmakers to Protect Gettysburg from Casino Gambling
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a Pennsylvania resident, I write to you today to ask you to support HB 889, introduced by Rep. Paul Clymer. This legislation would create a zone of respect around Gettysburg National Military Park (NMP) and Flight 93 National Memorial where a casino could not be built. Last year, millions descended on Gettysburg to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The proposed buffer could be our lasting legacy of the sesquicentennial commemorations to forever preserve these hallowed grounds.
Gettysburg NMP attracted more than 1.1 million heritage tourists in 2012 with estimates of 4 million visitors in 2013. These citizens agreed that locating a casino within cannon range of Gettysburg NMP is at odds with the family friendly atmosphere of Gettysburg and with the sacred land on which so many gave their lives for our country. These heritage tourists on average stay longer and spend twice as much as the average visitor. In 2011, park visitors spent more than $72 million at local businesses and supported 1,226 local jobs. As a premier classroom for the American Civil War, Gettysburg NMP is also a strong economic engine for the area. Because of its longstanding connection to the park, the local Gettysburg economy is uniquely positioned to benefit from these tourists. The combination of Civil War preservation and the family-friendly nature of Adams County have created a proven, winning formula for the park and its neighboring communities.HB 889 is under consideration in the House Gaming Oversight Committee. I respectfully ask you to take appropriate action and work with the committee members to move this crucial legislation forward.
This is our chance to leave a lasting legacy of the 150th commemoration of this battle, the turning point in the American Civil War.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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