Sunday, February 10, 2008

Happy Birthday President Lincoln

February 12 is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. There was a time when it was recognized as a national holiday. Currently we celebrate his birthday along with all of the other presidents on President’s Day. This state of affairs is most unfortunate.

Along with George Washington, Lincoln is deserving of his own holiday. He led the country through a controversial, bitter and bloody Civil War – and prevailed. He emancipated the slaves. He was a brilliant political leader who influences the basic underpinnings of the American experience today. For more on Lincoln and his importance, visit

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is the most important speech in American history. My tribute to Lincoln this year is to post it here and to suggest to you that you honor him and America by sharing his words with others on his birthday:

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 battlefield 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 the 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 so
far nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task
remaining before us – that from those 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.

1 comment:

Amy said...

From one true American to another... well done!