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Abraham Lincoln summed up our purpose today far more eloquently than anyone else:

Posted 5/28/2012 at 4:25:13 AM

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The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did. It is for us the living, to be dedicated  to the unfinished work which they who fought  have thus far so nobly advanced. It is for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from our 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 our honored 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.

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