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Monday, May 27, 2019

A fitting remembrance on Memorial Day.

Friend, fellow Army officer, drinker of fine whiskey, and smoker of great cigars, Romeo Pulikkathara, posted this on FB earlier. As Memorial Day is not “celebrated,” but observed, it is a solemn day of remembrance, to honor those who “...gave the last full measure of devotion...” I can think of no greater way to remember these great men and women on this day.

Likely the finest speech ever given on American soil, President Lincoln’s 272 word Gettysburg Address, given on November 19, 1863.
"Fourscore 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. 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 here 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."
Rest In Peace Ladies and Gentlemen. We Got The Watch.

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 


  1. Years ago I had to memorize that for extra credit. Great speech.

    1. I still get emotional reading these words. In August I'm going to visit Gettysburg, and I should have at least a good day to run through it.