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The Gettysburg Address

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Abraham Lincoln delivered what is now known as the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863. The 150th anniversary of the event is next week.

Filmmaker Ken Burns brings the address to you in a way you've never heard it before, recited by politicians and celebrities you know. Or possibly you've never actually heard the short but powerful speech recited aloud. Most American students had to memorize it as children, but it is only later in life that we really understand the meaning of the "last full measure of devotion."

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You know, I disagree with Bill O'Reilly in so many things, but I cannot help but feel that his recitation was absolutely heartfelt. As much as we may be at opposite views on many issues, his dedication and love for the words and spirit of the Address are clear. He and I find commonality in that dedication, and I find it in myself to respect him. Perhaps I can hear his other words in a new light tomorrow.
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