Since it was seven years ago today that I took these pictures and compiled this video, I thought I would share the video again. That day was so full of hope and promise. Did it turn out exactly as I had envisioned? No. But so much good was accomplished and we have made such strides forward from where we were. I still have hope for the future.
On this November 19th in the year of our Lord, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke in Gettysburg for just over two minutes and giving one of the greatest speeches in our history.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon 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 here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, 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 can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
( The Hay Copy -- believed to be the second draft)
I found this article. It is from the St. Paul Dispatch written on July 09, 1964 written (from what I can guess) when my folks came home to have me. :-D
And I would like to point out that it is really strange to see a picture of my father without his beard. <G>
I turned the article over and saw "CANADA WILL GET COLOR TV for the first time next fall." How times have changed.
I found an old newspaper clipping about my great grandfather, Chester Griffin. Yes, he is the father of my 103 year old grandmother. Grandpa Griffin ran away to the navy in January 1901 when he was 15 years old. He served on the original USS Constillation and was on the first ship that sailed into San Franscisco harbor after the 1906 earthquake.