Thursday, August 20, 2009


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.

(Click on pics for larger views, especially of the collage. Should you visit Gettsyburg? Absolutely yes.)


  1. We have lived about 90 minutes from Gettysburg for 2 years now and have not yet made it. Maybe this kick in the pants will get us moving in that direction. Great photos!

  2. It's a great place to visit! I think we have some similar poses. We just went this summer. I'm so glad we did. We learned a lot.

  3. I absolutely love this! Great pictures!

    Braaten is pronounced with a long "a" sound versus the "ah" sound which would be the Norwegian pronunciation. It was my mom's maiden name, and her father was 100% Norwegian. I'd love to visit Norway.

    Thank you for the kind comments. :-)

    Blessings to you.

  4. I hope its fantastic trip!!!its a great place to visit...thanks for sharing with us..
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