November 19, 1863 – Gettysburg, PA. 145 years ago, Abraham Lincoln gave perhaps the greatest two and a half minute speech ever…
“Fourscore 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 on a great battlefield…to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live…But…we cannot dedicate…this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it.”
“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…That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure.”
“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.”