Thank You! A Veterans Day Message
One hundred years ago today the “War To End All Wars" ended with the signing of an Armistice (a ceasefire) signed on the "Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month"! We know today, of course, that war continued and will continue into the foreseeable future and what was originally celebrated as “Armistice Day” became Veterans Day, a day to remember all those who served of our country. So we here at Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg would like to thank all those who have served our country.
Yes, we are the Sons (and Daughters) of the South.
Yes, our ancestors suffered through the most horrible war in our history. Yes, many lie in graves of that long-ago war.
Yes, many of those who survived bore the scars of that war for the rest of their lives.
Yes, we have fought many wars against implacable enemies since then.
Yes, we the children of the South have joined together with the children of the North to repel those enemies.
Yes, we are the greatest and freest country on the face of the Earth.
Yes, the enemies of freedom still lurk in the shadows, both within and without.
Yes, we both South and North, must never let political differences divide us that completely again.
Yes, we who study the past must never forget to look to the future, for…
Yes, we ALL are Americans!
The Gettysburg Address
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.
November 19, 1863