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 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.
Our drive through Gettysburg, though long, was one of the best ways to spend Memorial Day. Being able to honor and pay tribute to all those who suffered and died while in the service of our country shed new light for me on the whole concept of Memorial Day. Heavenly Father consecrated this land to be a promised land; a land of many freedoms where all men are created equal and therefore treated as equals. Without all these brave men, Heavenly Fathers great and eternal purpose could not come to pass.
I absolutely love the part in President Lincolns Gettysburg Address where he stated "that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave that last full measure of devotion." Because of all those who so diligently fought for their country we are able to live in a nation that is of the, people, by the people, and for the people...all people no matter their color of skin, or gender.
The drive in and of itself, while very long, was quite sobering. I'm so grateful for the opportunity that Memorial day gives us to take a moment and remember all those who sacrificed so much. Day to day life makes it easy to forget lose sight of how we got to the great place we are at here in America. Memorial Day is the perfect way to take a step back and pay the much needed respect to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice!
|The weekend mini-cruiser...the thing was a champ!!|
|This kid is AMAZING in the car!! Barely a peep!!|