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Gettysburg Address has lessons for today -- Mary Lou Reisch

Gettysburg Address has lessons for today -- Mary Lou Reisch


At the age of 76, I frequently find myself reflecting on years gone by.

As a fifth-grader at a Catholic school in Springfield, Illinois, we were required to stand beside our desks and individually recite the Gettysburg Address. The beloved nuns never engaged us in a discussion about the meaning of the words.

Lately, I have been thinking that some of Lincoln's speech is pertinent today. Specifically, the more than 250,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19 "gave the last full measure of devotion." We who have survived should "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."

Mary Lou Reisch, Madison

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