May 28, 2012

Thank You

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.
There is a very moving scene at the end of the movie, Bridges at Toko Ri, where the admiral ponders the nobility and sacrifice made by those sailors, marines, and airmen under his command. He concludes the soliloquy with the poignant question
"..where do we get such men?"
Indeed..

..and may God bless them and keep them in the loving cradle of his arms.
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4 comments:

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

This is why he wrote that speech.

Steve: The Lightning Man said...

Where do we get such men? Look in the mirror, bro. Once upon a time we were such men, or at least we were prepared to become such if duty called. I used to wonder if I'd have the mettle when called upon to face the elephant but stopped fretting over it before it gave me an ulcer. I just resigned myself to being the best soldier I could be and hoped that I'd never have to prove it.

The War Planner said...

Steve,

I am sure you qualify for your praise. I couldn't hold these guy's jocks.

Thanks fro your service, bro.

John said...

Every single day, I give thanks to the best of the best of America - OUR MILITARY! God bless all of you and thank you from the bottom of my and my familie's hearts!