Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Lincoln's brthday

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States, was born on this day in 1809 in a log cabin in Kentucky. He went on to become the preserver of the Union, the Great Emancipator, and one of the greatest Presidents in history. Lincoln delivered the following address on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At one time in this country, all schoolchildren were required to memorize this precious piece of our heritage. Although we are engaged in a different kind of war in 2008 than we were in 1863, Lincoln's words remind us that there are still some wars that we must fight and we must win.
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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