A Day of Remembrance: Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, joins the nation in honoring and remembering the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This solemn day is a time to reflect on their courage and dedication, and to express our gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy because of their selflessness. As we remember these heroes, we are reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s profound words: “we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.” These words inspire us to continue the work they started, to uphold the values they fought for, and to ensure that their legacy lives on through our actions and commitment to this great nation.

We believe that the Gettysburg Address is one the greatest speech to honor Memorial Day. Delivered by President Lincoln during the Civil War, this address eloquently captures the essence of the sacrifices made by our fallen heroes. Lincoln’s words not only commemorate those who gave their lives but also challenge us to ensure that “these dead shall not have died in vain.” The Gettysburg Address serves as a timeless reminder of the cost of freedom and the enduring responsibility we all share to preserve and protect it. As we celebrate Memorial Day, we reflect on Lincoln’s speech and its enduring relevance, drawing inspiration to honor the memory of those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

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 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.

-Abraham Lincoln

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