My vivid recollection of the Gettysburg Address dates back to the years when my children were small. One year, in particular, put the whole town of Milton, Massachusetts in remembrance mode, including the students who participated in the Memorial Day celebration. We all gathered at the Milton Cemetery to pay homage to the war dead. My son played saxophone in the school band. His twin sister, dressed in her Girl Scout uniform, played the flute. And their older sister, who ironically celebrates a birthday today, had the distinction of reciting the Gettysburg Address. That was a proud moment for my family.
That address further anchored Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest Presidents in history. Not for the length of the speech. It was only 271 words and originally lasted only two minutes long. It followed the two-hour long oratorical speech of Massachusetts’s own Edward Edwards, the main speaker of that historic November day in 1863.
Few remember Edwards’ speech, much less his political contributions of that time. The country remembered Lincoln’s message that commemorated the thousands of men, both Confederate and Union troops, who died in bravery and fear in that sleepy farming community in Pennsylvania in July 1863.
As we celebrate this Memorial Day, let us remember the men and women who died on duty fighting wars to protect America. To help you remember, I have included The Gettysburg Address in this commentary (this is the government version, including strikethroughs).
I also encourage you to visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania if you haven’t been there since a childhood school field trip. It will make you stop and reflect on the price of freedom.
And please listen to my recent radio interview with Dr. George N’Namdi. His uncle, Lt. Langdon E. Johnson, a Tuskegee Airman, died a hero in World War II when his plane was shot down off the coast of Southern France in 1944.
Here’s the link to last week’s radio program: http://bit.ly/2qjV6jy
Before you stoke up the barbecue grill, pay tribute to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free.
We celebrate their lives and their deaths this May 29, 2017, Memorial Day.
Patriots. Citizens. The ones who never came back home.
Transcript of Gettysburg Address (1863)
Four score 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 battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground-- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living, to stand here, we here be 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 these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, 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.
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Correction: In 2016 Hanukkah starts at sundown on Dec 24 and ends on the evening of January 1st. It occurs anytime from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar (that's the one we use). The actual date of Hanukkah changes each year.
Watch this video and learn the fascinating origin of the Christmas tree and Christmas cards. Then share your new knowledge with others! Tip #5 in our Ten Tip Holiday Video Series. Watch and learn!
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Still in fashion. Still has meaning! Sent Christmas (holiday) cards this season!
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For Christians, Jesus is the reason for the Season. But for humanity, Christmas provides an opportunity for all of us to stop, count our blessings while we enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and ALL faiths can join in the spirit of Christmas with prayers of Peace on Earth, Good Will to ALL Men and Women!
One of the BEST movies that you can watch this Christmas is "It's A Wonderful Life," the 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. You will count your blessings after watching that film no matter what your circumstances, challenges or problems happen to be. I watched it for the umpteenth time last night and found new reasons to count my blessings.
From my home to yours I wish you the very best throughout the season. Celebrate, reflect and live another day knowing that YOU are making the difference in someone's life both now and in the future.
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