Gettysburg at 150 – Today’s Quote

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.

President Abraham Lincoln

Gettysburg at 150

Andrew’s Note:  When President Abraham Lincoln uttered these words less than four months after the Battle of Gettysburg (at the consecration ceremony for the Gettysburg National Cemetery)  it was still unclear whether the United States would survive as a single nation.  From time to time I hear extreme voices calling not for individual, family or group preparedness, but for preparations for civil war.  Patriots of every political stripe should renew their study of the horrors our Civil War and vow to never again let our disagreements result in armed confrontation on a national scale.  Peaceful resolution of divergent views for the future course of our Republic will remain the most likely outcome if we, in Lincoln’s words remember that our nation was “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

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