I was listening to a preacher on the radio the other day discussing Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which reminded the nation the purpose our founding fathers had in forming this new kind of nation. During this period of the pandemic and public unrest plaguing our country, we need to listen to his words and better understand what our country is: a new kind of country. There is no other like it in the world, and it may be difficult to understand its goals. Read his words, and listen to their meaning. He was speaking to everyone, and these days we have a lot more “everyones” than Lincoln had when he said these words.
The Gettysburg Address
“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.”
This was not just another nation, but something new that had never been done before.
“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 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.”
These words should always guide our nation’s purpose for being.
I have had many veterans contact me concerning Veterans Administration contact. I have investigated and found some answers for who and how and when to contact for your veteran needs.
The VA Representative for Shawnee, Oklahoma, is Travis Stanberry.
Shawnee office: Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Tuesdays from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m.
Our CPN Veterans Organization meetings are still on hold until further notice.
Daryl Talbot, Commander