July 3rd, 2013 should become a day to remember - to call to mind the sacrifices of our forebears as the struggle to preserve our Union became ever more costly and bloody. The program that is scheduled at Riverside Park begins with a 3:30 p.m. gathering at the refreshment and food stands. At 4:10 p.m., seven- year-old Ashley Schaefer will sing our National Anthem. Ashley has sung at Minnesota Twins games and at Maverick sporting events. This memorable rendition will be followed by the Honorable Governor Mark Dayton's address. In 1861, it was Minnesota Governor Alexander Ramsey who was the very first governor to offer troops to Lincoln to save our Union. Three, one-hour patriotic concerts will follow and then end with Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address, three rifle and cannon salutes and taps. The 8:30 p.m. ending will allow attendees to spend the remainder of the eve of our Fourth of July in other family activities.