11 Nov 2017

Honor Our Veterans

Honor Our Veterans

On November 19, 1863, speaking at the dedication ceremony in Gettysburg for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, President Abraham Lincoln remarked that “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” In truth no one has ever forgotten, nor will anyone ever forget, what Lincoln said that day. But Lincoln was right in predicting that Americans would remember with profound gratitude those who offer, and all too often give, the last full measure of devotion so that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Such gratitude is owed in equal measure to all those veterans who came before and all those who have come since. These men and women who sacrifice so much represent the best of America.

At the Civil War Trust, we understand and take seriously the responsibility to honor our veterans not just on Veterans’ Day, but every day. In protecting and forever preserving the land hallowed by the sacrifices of veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, we honor the sacrifices that America’s citizen soldiers have made and continue to make.

Through initiatives such as our partnership with the Marine Corps University Foundation   to organize staff rides, we ensure that active-duty military personnel, the veterans of tomorrow, are able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by historic battlefields. Through the groundbreaking work of our History and Education Department we make certain that the heroism of yesterday’s veterans is never forgotten.

A year-and-a-half after delivering his address at Gettysburg, Lincoln stood beneath the East Portico of the US Capitol and charged the American people to “care for him who shall have borne the battle.” The last veterans of the Civil War passed on decades ago, but the task of caring for their memory and honoring their sacrifices is one the Civil War Trust will never abandon.


American Battlefield Trust

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