What a freekin cold day this was, so what do we do, we get on a double decker and on top just to really feel that nice cold wind hitting us like knives – that’s what made the day more memorial in my memories of visiting the President. Best moment was standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, very moving feeling.
This town is loaded with history that I only knew through books, it was a mix feeling of sorts when we saw the Ford’s Theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth and brought across the street from the theatre to eventually die.
This is on my list to see again with better weather though 🙂
The Gettysburg Address
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 can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not 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 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.