Tuesday, November 19, 2013

We Do Remember Mr. President

As many of us stop and contemplate the significance of remembering the Gettysburg Address given 150 years ago today, gratitude wells up in our hearts that our country was richly blessed with Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president. In this speech he said, "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here..." Happily we can refute that as many honor him today by thinking about, reading, or reciting this important speech about the principles of our democracy, our fight for freedom, and the blessing of living in this land.

The 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 battlefield 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 this 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."
Today I will contemplate these important words: "It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work." I will think about what President Lincoln had in mind for us when he admonished us to remember "this nation, under God" and the sacrifices of those who died that we might be a free, unified nation.

 Abraham Lincoln

Thank you Mr. President,
we do remember. 

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