Monday, February 9, 2009

A Gettysburg Address

"Four score and seven years ago...." So begins one of the most often memorized and quoted speeches ever given, the Gettysburg Address. In honor of President's Day and in observance of Lincoln's 200th birthday, let's reflect a moment on that speech, given in November 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as a way to honor all war dead.

The address shows a lot about Lincoln's character and understanding of the United States as a persevering nation.

The United States has another Gettysburg address, persevering on the prairie. Gettybsurg's 1,000 residents have a sense of history and a sense of humor in promoting their town.

Gettysburg, SD, is known for its outdoor opportunities--hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, boating, and swimming. It's a friendly community with a lot of spirit.

And if you still want to visit the other Gettysburg, here are directions:

And may it be that these hardy South Dakotans keep their senses of humor and that, in Lincoln's words, "government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth."