Saturday, November 19, 2011

Remembrance Day

Today marks the 148th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. And where else would I spend it but with my yearly trek to Gettysburg. Those words have gone down in history as a remarkable address given by Abraham Lincoln when we took a train to Gettysburg and dedicated hallowed ground for our soldiers who gave their lives for the freedoms and rights we have today.

As Stan McGee said as he gave his address to his unit a top Little Round top today, "It is is our responsibility to preserve history and to keep it's spirit and memory alive today."

So with that I will leave this post with Lincoln's infamous Gettysburg Address.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.    - Abraham Lincoln, November 19th, 1863. Gettysburg, PA.

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