Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Anniversary of a Speech

Nearly 4 years ago, Lollipop Pop and I were able to visit our Nations Capital.
Truly one of the best trips I have ever been on.
One Hundred and Fifty years ago, this man gave the following speech.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that
the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. 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 hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while
it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task
remaining before us — that, from these honored dead we take increased
devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure
of devotion — that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died
in vain ; that the nation, 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

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