IN CASE YOU’VE NEVER READ IT…

Many Americans, over the years, have heard the (spoken) Gettysburg Address, which was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln, at the Civil War Battle site, in the Pennsylvania countryside.  I believe that, on this Memorial Day, you might want to actually read the Address for yourself.  The words (linked below) are as haunting today, as they were then.

As a young boy (really! there was such a time.), I remember people calling it “Decoration Day”.  Originally, this was a day on which families went to the graves of Union Soldiers, who were killed during the Civil War–and they would decorate those graves.  There was also a similar tradition honoring Confederate Soldiers who had been killed.

In 1971, Congress passed a Law, declaring Memorial Day to be a National Holiday, on the last Monday in May.  Also, it was established to honor all Servicemen and Women, who died in all of our Country’s Wars.

http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/gettysburg.htm

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