William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Sunday, 25, May, 2008

Memorial Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — williamthecoroner @ 23:12

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.


  1. “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here”

    Boy was Lincoln wrong about that. But it is an absolute masterpiece of a speech. One worthy of remembering. I hope everyone takes a moment out of their day to give thanks to those who gave a full measure for our freedom. May God keep them and bless the families left behind.

    Comment by ArkieRN — Monday, 26, May, 2008 @ 01:17 | Reply

  2. Well said at the time, and very applicable now; but most people have no clue that it was Lincoln and the Gettysburg address that provided those words that continue to haunt us.

    Comment by Old NFO — Monday, 26, May, 2008 @ 19:19 | Reply

  3. I’m just moseying through the archives. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one still touched by Lincoln’s words. I live about 25 miles due west of Gettysburg, and I’ve been a number of times, and the enormity of those three days still strikes me every single time.

    Comment by Auntie J — Friday, 20, May, 2011 @ 22:34 | Reply

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