Lincoln’s Words 149 years ago and Veterans’ Heroism Today are Timeless Examples of Service
On this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln honored our fallen by dedicating the cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Of the 165,000 soldiers from the U.S. Army and the Confederacy, more than one-in-four became casualties – killed, wounded, or missing – in the history battle four months earlier.
Lincoln’s powerful and poignant words were required learning when I was a child. They have more importance now for a public mostly detached from the reality and consequences of war. So few, the one percent in our military, give so much, so that we at home may enjoy peace and prosperity.
And may we also mark this day in memory of the four veterans, most of them wounded in battle, who died in Midland, Texas during a Veterans Day parade. Our hearts go out to the families of the veterans and all of those suffering a loss. Through to the last second of their lives, these heroic veterans thought not of themselves, but of saving others.
Lincoln’s words and the veterans’ deeds in Texas are timeless examples of what it means to serve the greater good.