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Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day today, allow me to borrow the words of Abraham Lincoln:

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.


To this I can only add that often I fear it is all too easy to spend the precious blood of patriots. A willingness to fight and die for the greater good is a source of pride for many soldiers, but a callous disregard for the necessity of that fighting and dying is the shame of a nation.

To our veterans I can only offer my sincerest thanks.

Happy Memorial Day.

4 Comments:

Blogger S.S.Stone said...

Very heartfelt and moving...Sarah

Monday, May 28, 2007 7:39:00 PM  
Blogger Drek said...

I thought it was weak and cliched myself but, hey, as long as somebody liked it...

Monday, May 28, 2007 8:46:00 PM  
Blogger S.S.Stone said...

How could ones own thoughts be considered weak?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 5:22:00 AM  
Blogger Drek said...

I chalk it up to humility, personally. I don't think anyone else's ideas are always good so why assume I'm different? Hell, I'm absolutely certain I've had some pretty bad ideas in the past so I may as well try to recognize them when they come strolling past.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 9:33:00 AM  

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