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9/11 address

Posted: September 26, 2009 8:10 p.m.
Updated: September 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Four score and 153 years ago our Founding 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 war on terrorism, testing whether that nation or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on great battlefields of that war. We have come to dedicate a remembrance of that effort as a final tribute for those who died in that effort, so the 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 effort. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled against terrorism have hallowed the effort far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say, but it can never forget what they did.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they who fought have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be re-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 from terror, that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth.


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