236 Years Ago This Nation Was Born
|Signing the Declaration of Independence|
|Signing the Constitution|
|One Nation, under God, with Liberty and Justice for All|
God inspired it. The Fathers envisioned it. The Revolutionaries gained it. The Civil War defined it. And there is still a role for us.
We must uphold it.
Let us not forget, by word or action, the heritage we hold, the hand of God in this country, the devotion of our patriot forebears, the blood that has been spilled, the lives that have been lived, and the responsibility on our shoulders, borne by thousands and millions before us, to carry it forth as it was meant to be from the beginning. Let us pass it on to our children a little better, and like it was in its conception, than we found it.
In the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln,
"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 this government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth."
—"Gettysburg Address," November 1863
It is still ours to highly resolve. Today. Every day.
America still stands for something different. She is a blessed nation, "conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." As citizens and beneficiaries, let's stand with her, with God and those He inspired and enabled to set her up in the first place. Let us recapture the vision, remember her history and act in our present to make her (and our) future great.