Posted by: Marty Fahncke | November 19, 2013

The Gettysburg Address

One hundred and fifty years ago today, one of the greatest men to ever live delivered a short, yet very impactful speech at a location where over 50,000 men died fighting for what they believed in.

When was the last time you read the Gettysburg Address? I mean REALLY read it?  With the condition of these United States being what it is today, I believe it is fitting that we all take a few minutes to review and ponder what these words really mean to each of us personally…

“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. Abraham-Lincoln

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.”

Abraham Lincoln – Republican President of the United States of America
November 19, 1863

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  1. Marty – thanks for sharing Abe’s words. As you know, this address is way more than words. It is a heartfelt plea for sanity in the world. It is not just for those who died, but for the survivors who must live in a world constantly torn, ripped and shredded by anger and hate. Happy Thanksgiving, Hannukah and a live filled with sharing good stuff.


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