Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

The Gettysburg Address

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

The Gettysburg Address

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Resolved that the honored dead shall not have died in vain

On Memorial Day, when the United States honors those who died in military service to their country, it seems fitting to recall the timeless and powerful words that Abraham Lincoln delivered at Gettysburg, Pa., on Nov. 19, 1863.

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 battle-field 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 cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground. …

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