Two minutes of history
by Wave's Editorial Position
Nov 20, 2013 | 9330 views | 0 0 comments | 205 205 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of 272 words spoken at a battlefield cemetery dedication that perhaps have had more of a profound impact on our Nation’s future than any other two minute speech in history.

The infamous words spoken by President Abraham Lincoln was 4 1/2 months after the bloody Battle of Gettysburg, at which the Union Army defeated the Confederate soldiers and was the turning point in our Nation’s Civil War. The president was there to dedicate a plot of land that would become the Soldier’s National Cemetery.

The speech was given when our fledgling nation was still coming to terms with the idea of equality. A concept the nation still struggles with at times.

Those immortal words, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...” had more impact on the idea of racial equality than any other passage spoken by the leaders of our country.

Lincoln’s words resonate today. There are still battles left to fight to insure that “all men are created equal.”

Too many Americans are still being discriminated against because of the color of their skin, their sex, and their religion.

Just as they did 150 years ago, Lincoln’s words remind us that there is “unfinished work” to do if our country is to remain strong and committed to the principles on which it was founded.

On this anniversary, we invite you to enjoy the special edition tabloid included in this week’s Wave, not only to acknowledge the sacrifices of those Lincoln honored, but also to remind ourselves of its principles — and to take stock of how far we have to go to truly achieve them.
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