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Monday, May 30, 2011

In Memorium

May 30th, 2011

It is with great humility that would should mark this day. Through centuries of conflict, we have risen again and again to the task of guaranteeing freedom as a commonality rather than as the privilege of a very few. 

The fight is never finished. There are always winters in our nation's journey. But, there have also always been warriors from our humblest ranks who have fought not to avenge or to impose but to protect and to preserve. For them, I urge all Americans to take a moment of silence and give thanks. That these men and women are memorialized appropriately is our solemn duty.

I can think of no greater words than these upon which we might reflect.

"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" 

-- excerpt from Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

1 comment:

  1. Lincoln was chosen and sent to us. We seem to get them when darkness reigns. Stay well. Well is a good thing.