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A Safe and Blessed Memorial Day

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Here in the US it is Memorial Day, a day we set aside to honor the men and women throughout our history who sacrificed of themselves to preserve the rights and freedoms we all too often take for granted. At graveyards around the country services will be held and at nearly every one of them someone, often a young person of teenage years, will read the Gettysburg Address, first given on November 19, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln. Please allow me the honor of sharing it with you here:



"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.


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 that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.


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 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, and for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."



A safe and blessed Memorial Day to you all, wherever you live. Let us each remember those who gave so much, so that we might live free.


Take care my friends,










Edited by RAF_Louvert

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Let me take the chance to remember and to thank all those men and women, who helped fighting down

the regime of the Nationalsozialisten - short: Nazis - I would have hated to live under such dictatorship.

Those men and women fought a fight, that did cost so many of them their health, or even their lives,

and most of them the inner calmness and peace of their souls. Thank you all!

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