Monday, May 25, 2009

The Gettysburg Address........


THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS..........
was delivered on November 19, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln.

Anne, Ryan, and I went to a Memorial Day concert yesterday at our local cemetery. The Gettysburg Address was read by a man with a very deep tenor voice much like historians say Lincoln's voice was like. As this man read the speech the orchestra played The Battle Hymn Of The Republic softly in the background. It was a very moving and daunting experience. If you have not read this powerful speech in a while I invite you to do so now......


"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought
forth, upon 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 here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who 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 can never forgot what they did here........
It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, this far, so nobly carried on. 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 here gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."


13 comments:

Madeline's Album said...

Carol, What a beautiful post. I love the song you have playing it did bring tears to my eyes. I am a real old softy when it comes to our men and women who serve this country so bravely. I love your new header and side bar. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Eileen said...

This is beautiful. And oh how his words ring true to this day!
It is humbling to think of the sacrifices made throughout the generations for us. Too much today is taken for granted.
Very nice post.

Happy To Be said...

Just a beautiful post ...Happy Memorial day to you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Aaydens Mommy said...

I loved this post. I think we could all use a little reminder sometimes! Happy Memorial Day.

Charli and me said...

Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments ♥

Shelia said...

Hi Carol, this was lovely! Hope you and yours and little Charli are having a wonderful Memorial Day!
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Vee said...

It certainly deserves its place as one of the greatest speeches ever given. Thanks for the reminder today...

Just a little something from Judy said...

This post, the header picture and the blog decor, the music...all of it is a fitting tribute to our Military. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I have not thought of the Gettysburg address for a long time. I had to memorize that in Middle School and I read back over it I realized again how meaningful it is.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Such powerful, moving words, even still.

Paula said...

Carol I so enjoyed reading this....thanks for posting

Chandy said...

Well said. I can feel the passion you must have left writing this post... What a great address...

Barb said...

O.k, Tears here also. I guess I must be very emotional right now.

Thank you for such a timely reminder and just plain beautiful post.

hugs,
Barb

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