The safety of our country has always been in the hands of those who stand between home and war's desolation. We owe our military men and women an enormous debt. Today is a day meant to remember their sacrifices and give thanks that such men and women have served our country.
Lincoln at Gettysburg
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.