Memorize this.


I giggled when Jonathan sent me this photo. It's from a small town pizza joint that understands community. It encourages local students to hang out at the store and study, enjoying discounted food during study hours. It's really quite brilliant.

The community challenge: "Recite from memory Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to earn 1 large pizza of your choosing."

I'd do pretty well in that challenge, as I have been memorizing the Gettysburg Address. I'm hoping to take my Dad to the Lincoln Memorial and Gettysburg later this year, for a father / daughter bonding trip.

Just as the road trip with Chris, politics are verboten. Completely. Forbidden. I want to enjoy the trip.

There are five slightly varied versions of the Gettysburg Address. This is the one I'm memorizing:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

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 battlefield 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.

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