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An Independence Day Story – Events Leading Up to The Gettysburg Address

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Something about Independence Day strikes a cord and inspires me to watch and/or read about that day in history. This year I put my feet up and took a break from prepping for our arriving guests. I discovered  a visually interesting documentary, “The Gettysburg Story“. Quoting the Amazon.com video description “Stunning aerial drone and time-lapse cinematography with dynamic 3D maps dramatically show the exact ground that changed history.” All though there is no blood and gore, battle photos etc. it was quite unique to see the aerial footage and where the various battles took place.

“Armistead at Gettysburg” by Keith Rocco

Also interesting was a subplot on the relationship between Lewis Armistead (Confederate) and Winfield Scott Hancock (Union Army). They were good friends who ended up on opposite sides of the battle and facing off with each other. If this subject interests you at all, I recommend reading “The Tragedy of Friends at War; Lewis Armistead and Winfield Scott Hancock on Cemetery Ridge” on Padre Steve’s blog for detail on their story.

And finally, I close with President Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg address.

 

Fourscore 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 on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here 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.

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The Holiday For All Americans

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Fireworks over the Washington Monument

July 4th, also known as Independence Day, is the one holiday everyone in America can celebrate. Put religion and modern politics to the wayside and enjoy some good ole’ American traditions, like backyard barbecues and fireworks (just be careful in California and don’t burn my house down). I put my flag out and I am proud and thankful to be American. Fred Wilson, a blogger I follow, wrote a post today that aligns perfectly with how I feel. I’ve quoted it below.

For many Americans, this one included, the last eight months have been hard. We are not showing the world the side of our country that we love and are proud of. We are showing the world the side of our country that embarrasses us.

But even with the recognition that America has an ugly side, I still am incredibly proud to be a citizen of this great country. Warts and all, the United States of America is a land of opportunity, hope, and freedom. You can be who you want to be and what you want to be here. I am proof of that.

So Happy Birthday America. Let’s wave our flags and be proud today.

So, if you’re in the United States of America right now, happy 4th!

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