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What They Did Here

November 18, 2014

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

Much has been written regarding Lincoln’s incorrect prediction that his Gettysburg Address would be little noted nor long remembered.  Not enough has been said regarding the phrase “what they did here.”  What was Lincoln telling the nation?  How could he justify the loss of so many lives?  Was Lincoln sacrificing the nation’s youth in order to realize his own personal vision of America?

No.  Lincoln was answering the call of duty and recognizing those who gave their all.  If the war had not been fought, liberty would not have been secure.  The dead had given “the last full measure of devotion.”  Now it was up to the living to “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

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