Thursday, July 9, 2009

Gettysburg Address

Randy is pointing out a Blackburn he found. The Pennsylvania Memorial lists all of the Union soldiers who fought at Gettysburg. Was he related to one of them? We need the family historians to verify - did one great-great grandfather fight for the north and the other for the south?

This bronze plaque is on the front of the Pennsylvania Memorial along the Union line at the Gettysburg battlefield. The wreath and flag were left by a boy scout troop.
Lincoln's words
honor those who died to preserve the Union and guarantee the freedom that we all enjoy today. 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
battlefield 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 cannot
dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot 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, 11/19/1863

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