Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

©Photographed March 20, 2015
Erected 1928 by George C. Drake Post No. 223,
Department of Wisconsin, G.A.R.
West Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

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 cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot 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.
Presented by the George C. Drake Post No. 223, Grand Army of the Republic,
Department of Wisconsin, to the Northwestern Branch of Soldiers Home of Wisconsin

July 4, 1928
Henry Held, Commander,
John C. Ellicon, Q.M.

The marker is located adjacent to a walkway between General Wolcott Boulevard (to the north) and Frank Aaron State Trail (to the south), on eastbound General Wolcott Boulevard, just west of its intersection with North Mitchell Boulevard, West Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214.

Abraham Lincoln Online: The Gettysburg Address 

See also, Veterans Memorial, also at this location.

The marker is along the walkway,
visible in the distance to the right of the railing.

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