ESC 13 employees took part in the Learn the Address initiative by PBS in an effort to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address. People were challenged to record themselves reciting the Gettysburg Address and share it online to honor this historic speech and its meaning to the United States. We hope everyone takes a moment to read the words aloud and remember the sacrifices people have made for our country; giving what President Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion.” On this day, we encourage everyone to read the words and remember that we are all blessed to call this nation home and that words can still have a powerful impact on all of us 150 year later. We hope you enjoy our video and will be inspired to make one of your own.
The Gettysburg Address
November 19, 1863
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 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, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.