Gettysburg Day, silly and serious ...
Published: November 19, 2013 01:36PM
Updated: November 19, 2013 01:36PM
photo courtesy Library of Congress President Abraham Lincoln is seen at the ceremony where he delivered the Gettysburg Address on Novemer 19, 1863. President Lincoln can be seen facing the camera, just above the center of the photo. He is not wearing a hat.

Old Abe was known for his sense of humor. So he would probably like the above bit.

The 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which summed it all up in about half as many words as your average Salt Lake Tribune editorial. Show-off.

— The Gettysburg Address, what America is all about, in 272 words — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

“It may have been the most inaccurate statement ever uttered by any president of the United States. But it wasn’t a lie. It was just humility.

“On this date, 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln made a speech at a new cemetery in Pennsylvania, a speech in which he may have invented the political tactic of trying to lower expectations. He said, “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here.”

Yeah. Right. ...”

— Salt Lake City students join peers in Pennsylvania for Gettysburg chat — Kristen Moulton | The Salt Lake Tribune

Filmmaker Ken Burns, he of ‘The Civil War,’ has collected a slug of videos of many folks reciting the Gettysburg Address

— Gettysburg a pivotal moment for the United States — Deseret News Editorial

“... Americans know Abraham Lincoln to be a great man in uniting the nation in a time of desperate division. But Lincoln was also a good man: a politician whose civility, empathy, kindness and determination bore witness to his character. This goodness fathered his greatness. ...”

— At seven score and 10, the Gettysburg Address still burns — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

“... at a time in this nation’s history when the core message of the Gettysburg Address is again under assault, some reminders are in order. ...”

— Lincoln’s spare words at Gettysburg inspire 150 years later — Kansas City Star Editorial

“... The gift of this speech written for dedication ceremonies at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery can continue if politicians of all stripes take a moment to recommit themselves to Lincoln’s plea to help preserve this great democracy. ...”

— The Gettysburg Address: Much noted and long remembered — Ronald C. White | For The Los Angeles Times

“... As you read the Gettysburg Address today, read it slowly, for he spoke it slowly. Take time to appreciate the power of words. Words fiercely mattered to Abraham Lincoln. They ought to matter to us.”

— The Gettysburg Address as a Powerpoint — Robinson Meyer | The Atlantic