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Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans Day... no more Gettysburgs.

Sometimes we forget that the Gettysburg Address was done to remember the sacrifice of our Soldiers. The Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines earn that respect everyday.

Lincoln knew it and respected that.

Gettysburg is the battlefield to which Lincoln came on Nov. 19, 1863, to dedicate a portion as a cemetery for the troops killed there. It was a sacred moment in American history. Two men spoke. Edward Everett, one of the greatest orators of the age, a former U.S. senator and former president of Harvard College, spoke for more than two hours. We still have his written speech. Then Lincoln spoke -- for a mere two minutes. His speech was little noted at that moment. It is, however, long remembered. Everett, recognizing the greatness of Lincoln's speech, wrote him the next day, praising the speech, saying, "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes."


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