11/12/2006

Always Remember...

those who fought, and those who gave their all so we can live free.

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln attended the dedication ceremony of the Gettysburg National Cemetary in Gettysburg, PA a mere 4 months after that epic battle of the American Civil War. Following the 2 hour speech by the great orator Edward Everett, President Lincoln spoke for only 2 minutes. His words will resonate for eternity.

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 this 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.

Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler.



PS Mommy is pretty sick and her medicine is making her tired. I'll visit you all soon. Don't worry, our flags are still flying proud this Veteran's Day Weekend.

10 comments:

pandora and charlie said...

Hi Mr Hendrix.

Thank you for visiting us while Mama was poorly-sick.

We're sorry to hear your mommy is poorly-sick now.

Lotsa purry snuggles will help :-)

pandora

DEBRA said...

Mr Hendrix

Furry nice post...so sorry your Mommy is feelin poorly. Hope she feels better furry soon.

*Abby

brandi said...

Oh, Sugar Pie, take care of your mommy! I hope she gets better soon! I'm sending some headbumpies to you,sweetie, but some special soft ones for your mommy so that she gets better.

Your brandi Candi

Kelly Cat said...

The Good Cats send purrayers and healing vibes to Mr Hendrix's Mommy so that she will get well and be able to cater to her cat's every wish again the way she's supposed to. And soon!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Hendrix- so surry to here abowt yur Mom bein sick. Hope she feels better sune.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

feel better nice mommy of Mr. Hendrix! purrrrrrrrrrrrs!

Kimo & Sabi said...

Hmmmm - that's a lot to thinks about. Hope your momma feels better soon.

Hot(M)BC said...

Ohhhhhhh we's furry sorry to hear your Mommy is feelin sicky. Do you needs sum of us to come ofur and help purr on her to make her better? Well, we will. Course we bets you do it all good by yourself cuz you's a good kitty nurse tho. We will send purrayers and kitty mojo so's your Mommy feels better quicky!
Purrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree

Kaze said...

What a nice post! The Lap Lady loves history and especially the Civil War period.

Hope your mom is feeling better soon!

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

is yur momma better yet? we came by ta check.