#OnThisDay in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln changed the world in less than 10 minutes.
Desperately sick and facing a country tired and divided in the midst of Civil War, Abraham Lincoln stood to deliver the Gettysburg Address, an ode to democracy, which echoes through our country still today. “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,” he began, the crowd bursting into applause to interrupt him.
He spoke on a battlefield, a graveyard for a battle that cost our young country 51,000 lives.
Lincoln honored the dead and inspired the living. “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.” Today we remember his words — we hear his call to hold fast to our country’s founding, our heritage, and core beliefs in the dignity and equality of all men, as well his rallying cry to unite to protect those founding beliefs and freedom even in the midst of disagreement and fatigue. Those words are as timeless as they are true.
May “that government of the people, by the people, for the people … never perish from the earth.” #CivilWar #Lincoln #Gettysburg