Friday, November 11, 2016

We Remember

Wars turned men into ash and causes into battlefields.

But each sacrifice allowed citizens to live in peace and security. Our distance in both time and place makes us forget that.

But we should not.

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.


Library and Archives Canada
Young men who served in WWII and the Korean War (source).
Two black American soldiers with special artillery ammo for Hitler. Photo was taken on March 10, 1945, during the Battle of Remagen.
See you in hell, Schnitzel-Boy (source).

Members of the Maori Battalion who had fought in Greece perform a Haka for the King of Greece at Helwan, Egypt in June 1941.
The Haka performed for the King of Greece, 1941 (source).

Footage of Australian troops in Gallipoli (source).
Private Hugh Walter McWhirter
Hugh McWhirter, the first Newfoundland casualty at Gallipoli (source).

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