A Proper Tribute to our Fallen

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.

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  1. A few years ago I read the Gettyburg Address while at the Lincoln Memorial. For some reason, it really stuck with me and I vowed that I would read it every Memorial Day. To me, they are some of the most moving words I have ever read.

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  2. I think this was a particularly good speech that VP Joe Biden gave yesterday.

    “Biden shares tales of loss with families, friends of military casualties
    By David A. Fahrenthold, Published: May 25

    Vice President Biden, speaking Friday to families and friends of military personnel killed in action, gave a powerful retelling of the death of his wife and daughter 40 years ago — saying he’d realized then how grief might push a person to suicide.

    “For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide,” Biden told a meeting of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors at a hotel in Crystal City. The group offers counseling to relatives and friends of military personnel who have died. It was holding its 18th annual military survivor seminar.

    “Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts,” Biden continued, according to a transcript. “Because they’d been to the top of the mountain, and they just knew in their heart they’d never get there again, that it was never going to get — never going to be that way ever again. That’s how an awful lot of you feel.””

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-shares-tales-of-loss-with-families-friends-of-military-casualties/2012/05/25/gJQAdUMcqU_story.html?hpid=z2

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  3. Standing in the Lincoln Memorial and reading the two short speeches – the Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address – is a must for me every trip to DC, as is walking along the ‘Nam Memorial and looking for my friends. I agree that the Gettysburg Address is always pitch perfect, and never more appropriate to read than on this weekend.

    Thanks, George.

    PS – JB’s speech was definitely worth a link, JNC.

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  4. Thanks, George, this is the proper tribute.

    And here is an extended clip of Joe Biden’s talk. I’d link to something other than the Maddow show if I could, but I can’t find any other source for the extended version–everybody else has focused on the part where he talks about understanding suicide and there was much more to his talk than just that.

    Happy Memorial Day weekend to all!

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  5. Beautiful. Thanks, troll.

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  6. Michi:
    Thanks for the link to Joe the Biden’s speech.

    Time to get ready to celebrate our military’s sacrifice by cooking up large quantities of meat products. Hope you all are having a good weekend.

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