pics---repost---TRUE GRIT-JASON LEE DUNHAM--- A TRIBUTE FROM SCIO NEW YORK

06/24/2014---11/10/2015

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As I stood there in solemn and deep respect
Viewing the grave of Jason Lee Dunham,
I wondered what it is that makes men like these?

For those who disavow a God or any higher power
How do they explain the commitment
And the character
Of a brave young man like Jason Lee Dunham.

Where does our country find good men like these.
Men who would forsake their own life
so that others might live free.

Men who would die to save their fellow man,
going the extra mile,
and giving that full measure,
of giving everything they have
to the betterment of mankind..

How could I forget him,
or any of the other brave souls
I served with and knew,
if even from a distance...

I know valor when I see it,
and when I read the news of those
who sacrifice years of their lives,
and some gave all...

How can I fittingly
give tribute to these men,
of whom I AM not worthy...

God, Country, Corps...

Eagle, Globe, and Anchor...

America the Beautiful...from sea to shining sea...

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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While it is Lincoln's short speech that has gone down in history as one of the finest examples of English public oratory, it was Everett's two-hour oration that was slated to be the 'Gettysburg address' that day. His now seldom-read 13,607-word oration began:

Standing beneath this serene sky, overlooking these broad fields now reposing from the labors of the waning year, the mighty Alleghenies dimly towering before us, the graves of our brethren beneath our feet, it is with hesitation that I raise my poor voice to break the eloquent silence of God and Nature. But the duty to which you have called me must be performed; — grant me, I pray you, your indulgence and your sympathy.[12]

And ended two hours later with:

But they, I am sure, will join us in saying, as we bid farewell to the dust of these martyr-heroes, that wheresoever throughout the civilized world the accounts of this great warfare are read, and down to the latest period of recorded time, in the glorious annals of our common country, there will be no brighter page than that which relates the Battles of Gettysburg.

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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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