In a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our 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.
– Abraham Lincoln, an excerpt from his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
Today, in the United States of America, we remember the fallen.
We remember those who gave their lives and livelihoods to see this nation born.
We remember those who fought to preserve the union and free the oppressed.
We remember those who travelled to far distant lands in defiance of tyranny.
Our freedom came at a high price. If we do not preserve this liberty, all our platitudes on days like today are meaningless. Today we remember the fallen, but every other day should be dedicated to upholding the freedom they died to protect.
The Lord raises up nations and He removes nations. We are not exempt from the disease of deterioration, nor should we believe we are invincible. It is the job of each generation to remember the cost of freedom and uphold it in the way they vote, live, and work.
Remember the fallen today. Honor their sacrifice everyday. Glorify God always.