I just want to say thanks to all the fallen soldiers and current veterans who have given the last full measure or who have served in honor. On November 19th, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered perhaps his greatest speech–the Gettysburg Address.
In just over two minutes, Lincoln summarized the God-given formula that has made our nation great. Please take a minute and reflect on the memorable words from one of our greatest presidents.
We continue to live in freedom because of many sacrifices. Let’s remember these great men and women, but more importantly let’s continue their fight. Each of us can pick up that great American flag and continue the charge. Maybe not on a battlefield, but certainly in our families, our churches, our schools and our communities. God bless the United States of America! Happy Memorial Day everyone!
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 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.”