Today’s post is about every man and woman who has ever given their precious lives in service to our nation.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day. It is set aside so that we never forget those who gave “the last full measure of their devotion” as Abraham Lincoln pronounced at Gettysburg.
We have another great holiday, Veteran’s Day, for all who have served.
Tomorrow, Memorial Day, is for those who never again had the privilege
of seeing their parents or friends, or of hugging their children or
While we live on, let us never forget those who did not, so we could.
Below is one of the greatest speeches ever written or given. Please do
read it and digest it. Every word. With today’s politics, every living
American, especially those who are young in years, truly do need to
read and decipher what it was intended for.
The Gettysburg Address
“Fourscore 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,
so 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 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, 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.”
Please remember, and enjoy your day.
28 And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who
love him, and who have been called according to his purpose.
Wayne you have brought back many memories & feelings upon reading your excellent blog today. When I was in Catholic grade school and being either in my 6’th or 7’th grade, each student in our class had to memorize the Gettysburg Address. We then had to one by one, stand alone in front of our class and recite the Gettysburg Address flawlessly. I can remember practicing & reciting it in front of my parents every night after school. I can honestly say back in our time, we were taught true lessons in life, right from wrong & to treat & be kind to others as you would like to be treated yourself.
Wayne, you always stand up for what you believe in & that makes me proud to have you for a friend. You have given a most beautiful tribute for Memorial Day, God Bless you!
Thank you so much Darlene.
You were very fortunate to go to the school you did. We are both fortunate to grow up in a time when those things were still important, and it was considered very important that we understand that others have given so much so we can be free. What a shame it would be to give up that freedom, and tarnish the brave people who helped deliver it to us. With all its flaws, a government that is “of the people”, designed to promote individual freedom including the right to choose your faith, is the only system that works.
I appreciate your beautiful comments my friend and I hope you are having a great day.