We are met on a great battlefield of that war

Four Score and Seven Years Ago

In my earliest memory of school, probably second grade, maybe third, I’d been assigned to read the Gettysburg Address in front of the class. I memorized it the night before and recited it to the class without the book or notes. Despite the years, I still remember it.

A couple years ago, Karen lent me a copy of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which became one of my favorite books of all time.

So, I was quite excited to visit Gettysburg.

Pickett's charge
Pickett’s charge

… conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal

Meanwhile, the news of the week was focused some 700 miles to the west in Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting by a white police officer of an unarmed black teen ignited heated protests born of years of frustration and the police responded with military tactics.

Not Mosul, Iraq.
Not Mosul, Iraq.

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.

They gave the last full measure of devotion
They gave the last full measure of devotion

Throughout the week I couldn’t help but think, what would Lincoln think of the country 151 years later? Really not dedicated to the proposition, I suppose.

Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

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