Wednesday, August 6, 2014

On This Day in 1863

On this day in 1863 Abraham Lincoln entered Gettysburg, How the world changed because he was willing to see a change in the world for the betterment of the American people. He believed that there was on race and that was mankind. He went to Gettysburg to address the loss of life which occurred between July 1 and July 3 of this same year. This speech became his most famous as President. It was titled the Gettysburg address.

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 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 that 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.

He nearly missed this opportunity because his son, Tad, had came down with a fever. It would appear that he put the needs of this nation above the needs of his family. How many others can say that they had such love for their country to make such a sacrifice? Maybe if our current leaders felt the same way, our nation would not be in the position that we are currently in.