With Grateful Thanks

Throughout time, people have celebrated times of thanksgiving, occasions during which they paused to consider the blessings of a year, a decade, a lifetime … as well as the lives of others who’ve blessed them. When Abraham Lincoln declared an official time of Thanksgiving, it was 1863  war was still raging. But he took time out to issue a special proclamation.cornucopia

The date was October 3, 1863. In his proclamation, President Lincoln noted the year had been “filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.” He failed to mention the bloody battlefields at places like Perryville (KY) or Vicksburg (MS) or Gettysburg (PA). I doubt he had simply forgotten them or forgotten the carnage he knew had occurred on those battlefields. He chose rather to focus on the bounties he knew Americans treasured and enjoyed. Continue reading “With Grateful Thanks”

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A Little Speech

Today is the one-hundred fifty-first anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of what became known as the Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s “little speech” (running less than 300 words and delivered in about two minutes) followed the two-hour oration (nearly 14,000 words) of Edward Everett, a Massachusetts man who served as a governor, a congressman, a senator, a secretary of state and a US ambassador.

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The address was delivered to help dedicate the national cemetery where Union soldiers (who had fallen at the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg) were reburied. Clearly one of the most succinct pieces of public speaking craftsmanship, the speech has retained its significance over time. In contrast to Lincoln’s assertion in his remarks, the world has long remembered “what we say here.Continue reading “A Little Speech”