Just my little tribute to what was said 150 years ago in my little home town.
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.
November 19, 1863
You can check these out to: A project and documentary by Ken Burns...the project is recordings of famous people reciting the Gettysburg Address
and this interview of an impersonator of Abraham Lincoln...I grew up watching this guy in action at various events.
I always think it was kind of fun growing up where I did. I have a deep appreciation for history,I don't know I would have other wise had.
So as you go about your day, take a minute to think about those words that Lincoln said and how they apply to your life today. Who knew those few sentences he wrote last minute really, would have such an impact in the world we live in 150 years later.