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Wishing all of you a happy and safe 4th of July holiday.
Please remember how important the signing of that declaration was while you all can hopefully enjoy spending spending some quality time with your loved ones. Each day of our lives in the USA is a gift regardless of the struggles we all face in our everyday lives, but we are very VERY fortunate compared to millions of other human beings around the world.
4 score and 7 years ago, our forefathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, dedicated to the proposition that ALL men are created equal. We are met on a great battle-field 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 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 and by the people SHALL NOT PERISH FROM THIS EARTH.
Perhaps the most brilliant 272 words ever spoken. Edward Everett, generally acknowleged to be the finest orator of the age, after speaking for two hours, said of Lincoln's speech, "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes."