Address by President Lincoln

 © Photographed September 10 and 12, 2016
Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin
45.779869, -91.823544 (memorial location)
45.782775, -91.831252 (Hwy 53 entrance to the Cemetery)

November 19, 1863
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 battle-field 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.


President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, an early national cemetery for the Civil War dead. Starting in 1909, a date coinciding with the centennial of Lincoln's birth, tablets with these famed words were first cast for installation in the country's national cemeteries assure that visitors never forget the honored deed and why they gave their lives.
The memorial is located in the east section of Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at N4063 Veterans Way, Spooner, Wisconsin 54801.

Looking east across the cemetery, with the memorial
visible in the distance to the right.

The flags are at half-staff because of September 11th.

The memorial is located at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery
in Spooner, Wisconsin.

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