7 Score and 10 years ago Today

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  1. bruno

    bruno 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Feb 2, 2008
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    My 6th Grade English Teacher (Mrs Hughes) was a big believer in making us memorize poetry that she felt was important. So 46 years later I still know “If” by Rudyard Kipling, “The Shot Heard round the World” by Emerson and of course:

    “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.”
    150 years ago today in Gettysburg PA. No Teleprompters required
  2. USNA02

    USNA02 Parent

    Oct 21, 2013
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    Stood at the battlefields there in Gettysburg a few years back and listened to that speech.

    Between that and standing at the top of the hill overlooking Devil's Den, there is no way one can remain unmoved by the sacrifices made on both sides.

    Thanks, Bruno, for the reminder of those words 150 years later.
  3. AF6872

    AF6872 10-Year Member

    Mar 4, 2007
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    Didn't have Mrs. Hughes but I had the same type of Teacher. Memorize and recite. Kipling, Poe, Chaucer, Shakespeare and many others. Great when they taught English in the "Old Days". Admittedly small passages but it was a great introduction.
  4. NorwichDad

    NorwichDad 5-Year Member

    Apr 6, 2010
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    It was a remarkable speech. So few words ever captured the moment of that war like his did that day.

    Most units formed at the town or county level. Usually most of the men of a larger town and surroundings would form a regiment. Fathers, sons, uncles, cousins and neighbors all together.
    There were many large battles. Sometimes a unit would find itself in a particularly bad spot at a particular battle. After that battle there would be very few men left from that town or county. After that battle there was very few men left in those families.

    Those words were strong but so was this nation.
  5. Trey

    Trey Member

    Aug 26, 2013
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    Yes, well said, truly amazed as how this speech is very much "dissed" or forgotten in education. I wish I had more teachers like the one you speak of.
  6. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    I remember having to memorize it for the 100th anniversary! :eek:
  7. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

    Jul 26, 2008
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    A fine Yankee President...and a great speech!

    (he said to keep his Southern family happy)

    USAFA '83
    (I still remember my grandmother calling it the War of Northern Aggression!)

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