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Saturday, June 29, 2013

150 years after Gettysburg…

 

Remembering the Battle of Gettysburg, PA

1-3 July 1863 

150th Anniversary

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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 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

President of the United States of America

 

19 Nov 1863

 

posted by lstavast at 4:07 PM  
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