"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."
- Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
I held my sweet baby boys today and thought of you. Thought of the children you'd never have. The weekends you'd never be home for. And the family that would be missing you all the days of their lives.
I thought of the choice you made: to put my days ahead of yours. To choose that the future was worth everything. That freedom is priceless.
Thank you, dear friends.
Remembering all those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our beloved country.