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…
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…
…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.
I memorized The Gettysburg address on a trip the battle ground when I was 12. I thought the words were sad and poetic and beautiful. I didn’t know anything about sacrifice.
President Lincoln delivered, possibly his most famous speech, on November 19, 1863 to a country in mourning. He spoke to a nation once conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, but now deeply divided on those very same principles.
The battle for freedom was twice fought. The price was high. During the Revolutionary War ‘Americans’ fought outsiders.
During the Civil war, the battled raged within.
There’s a saying in some circles: “Christians are the only army that shoots their wounded”. The price for our freedom was paid and yet, 2000 years later the battle rages within.
On this Memorial Day, as we honor those who fought for our freedom, wouldn’t be a grand tribute if we also honored the One who died for our ultimate freedom by laying down our arms and joining hands?
The price has been paid, far above our poor power to add or detract.