Today, we honor every man and woman who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. If you are on active duty or a veteran, thank you for your commitment to ensure that America remains "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Also on Memorial Day, we remember those who paid the ultimate price for their country.
President Lincoln wrote and delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 — not long before the first Memorial Day in 1866. For generations, his solemn words and grateful tone have been repeated on the final Monday in May. Lincoln spoke of a "great task remaining before us" after the historic battle in southern Pennsylvania:
"... 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."
On this Memorial Day, Grassfire encourages you to remember all of the men and women who "gave the last full measure of devotion" to ensure "that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." May we never forget that America remains "the land of the free" because it truly is "the home of the brave."
Standing for life, liberty and limited government,
The Grassfire Team
Gettysburg Address (National Park Service)
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