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The Gettysburg Address – Profound Challenge for our Time

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Author: admin
Thursday, November 19, 2015
10:06 am

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Seven score and twelve years ago, on November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as part of the “Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg.”

What a timeless, profound speech!  In only 272 words, President Lincoln solemnly honored all who died in battle at that site and challenged the nation to forge forward in the cause of freedom.

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 battlefield 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.

President Lincoln was incorrect in one phrase, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.”

On the contrary, although most have forgotten the 2 hour oration by Edward Everett that preceded President Lincoln’s remarks, the President’s speech has become one of the best known and most often quoted speeches in history.

However, as a society we too often forget President Lincoln’s challenge, which is just as relevant today as it was 152 years ago:

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.

May we never forget that challenge.  May we devote our lives to the preservation of God-given freedom in this wonderful nation!

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70 Years Ago Today: Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

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Author: admin
Thursday, August 6, 2015
10:18 am

On August 6th each year, my wife and I celebrate our wedding anniversary with great memories of that day and the wondrous life we have spent together. We look forward with soaring anticipation to the rest of lives together in our mortal life and the eternities beyond.

In sharp contrast, we also remember with great sadness the greatest single act of devastation that mankind has poured out on his fellow travelers in the horrible tragedy of war.

The atomic bombs that dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki most likely saved my father’s life. He was on his way to fight in the invasion of Japan, which would most certainly would have been bloody behind belief.  I am grateful that he and his fellow soldiers were spared that experience. But at the same time, my heart mourns for other fathers who did not survive Hiroshima or Nagasaki or the horrific firebombing that preceded these events.

Today I would hope. as we solemnly ponder these photos, that we could unitedly resolve to renounce war and proclaim peace.   

From this vantage point, it seems like just another bomb dropping from the Enola Gay …

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… but even from far away, the effects from the bomb are ominous.

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Who could have imagined the devastation?

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The human effects are too gruesome to post. Just Google “Hiroshima” and look at the images. 

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VE Day – 70 Years Ago Today

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Author: admin
Friday, May 8, 2015
9:04 am

Seventy years ago today, Victory in Europe Day  generally known as VE day, was proclaimed when the Allies accepted Nazi Germany’s surrender, marking the end of World War II and Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.

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Thank you to all the brave men and women who gave their lives to preserve freedom in the world!

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Don’t Be Ashamed of Their Ultimate Sacrifice

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Author: admin
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
7:51 pm

Thanks to my friend Bryan Green for sharing this thought-provoking photo essay.

Our European arrogance in alphabetical order …

1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France.. A total of 2,289
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2. The American Cemetery at  Ardennes, Belgium.  A total of 5,329
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3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France. A total of 4,410
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4. Brookwood, England American Cemetery. A total of 468
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5. Cambridge, England. A total of 3,812
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6. Epinal, France American Cemetery. A total of 5,525
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7. Flanders Field, Belgium. A total of 368
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8. Florence, Italy. A total of 4,402
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9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. A total of 7,992
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10. Lorraine, France. A total of 10,489
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11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg. A total of 5,076
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12. Meuse-Argonne. A total of 14,246
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13. Netherlands, Netherlands . A total of 8,301
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14.  Normandy, France. A total of 9,387
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15. Oise-Aisne, France. A total of 6,012
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16. Rhone, France . A total of 861
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17. Sicily, Italy. A total of 7,861
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18. Somme, France . A total of 1,844
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19. St.. Mihiel, France. A total of 4,153
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20.  Suresnes, France. A total of 1,541
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Apologize to no one. Remind those of our sacrifice and don’t confuse arrogance with leadership.

The count is 104,366 dead brave Americans.

And we have to watch an

American elected leader who apologizes to Europe and the Middle East that our country is "arrogant"!

HOW MANY FRENCH, DUTCH, ITALIANS, BELGIANS AND BRITS ARE BURIED ON OUR SOIL, DEFENDING US AGAINST OUR ENEMIES?

WE DON’T ASK FOR PRAISE … BUT WE HAVE ABSOULUTELY NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE!!

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