a new birth of freedom

“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.”
– Abraham Lincoln, “Address at the Dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery,” 1863
may every september 11 be a rebirthing, a reaffirmation, a celebration of the freedom we have, in honor of those who died in its defense, on this day and all others, before and after.


  1. says

    Great post, Annie. :-)

    Though we need to heal from this horrible day, I don’t think we should ever forget 9/11 and instead should use it as motivation to strengthen our American spirit and sense of patriotism.

  2. says

    This was great to read, “may every september 11 be a rebirthing, a reaffirmation, a celebration of the freedom we have.”

    I just had to explain to my 5 year old this morning as we were driving on errands why so many people were standing in sidewalks and on overpasses waving American flags. She could hardly believe my explanation of that day. It helped me to see 9/11 through a new set of eyes.

  3. says

    Perfect quote for today. Abraham Lincoln was such an amazingly wise and devoted President and man. And yes, today should always be a reminder of the freedom we have and that we should work diligently to keep it for future generations.

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