One Hundred Fifty years ago today on the afternoon of November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, a speech that came to be regarded as one of the greatest speeches in American history. Delivered at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Abraham Lincoln’s carefully crafted address was secondary to other presentations that day. In just over two minutes, Lincoln reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union sundered by the secession crisis, with “a new birth of freedom,” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens. Lincoln also redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality. This image was taken at the entrance of Soldiers National Cemetery on our visit this month.
The Pennsylvania Monument, one of the largest and most popular monuments on the battlefield. Normally it is virtually impossible to get a shot of this during daylight hours without loads of other visitors in the frame, but this was on a quiet Monday so it made for a nice peaceful scene.
The official Remembrance Day celebration in Gettysburg took place this past weekend. and it was probably quite the event being that it was the 150th anniversary. I was a little behind and was not able to get a Veterans Day post together so I thought this would be fitting for today.
This post is dedicated to my Lovely wife, The Love of my Life and My Empress…. she was in love with Abraham Lincoln as a child and Abe deserves some remembrance on this famous day 150 years ago…
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