Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans Day

GLIMMERING. How best to honor sacrifice? We can wave the flag, make empty speeches, and otherwise pretend we haven't forgotten those to whom we owe an incalculable debt. Or we can follow the lead of one who knew more than most:

"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."

Can we read it as if he just said it? We can try.

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