In Preparation of Thanksgiving Day

By: ofieldstream , 1:58 AM GMT on November 20, 2007

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painting of Lincoln, Gettysburg AddressOn this date in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered what is refered to as the most important speech of his entire career. It is certainly one of the most quoted, celebrated - and used to be memorized! - speeches, in U.S. history; over the past 144 years since it was delivered.

From within the confines of the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA, the exact location remains disputed, Mr. Lincoln delivered his famous speech on this day in 1863.

The Battle of Gettysburg had raged only a short four months before. So great was the death and carnage, that the actual internment of bodies was but half complete at the time of Mr. Lincoln's delivery. photo of Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

This battle, which cost the lives of over 7,500 Americans, soldiers from both Union and Confederate camps, as well as thousands of horses, was the battle that defined a major turning point in the U.S. Civil War. And in no small way the 10 sentences and 272 words of Mr. Lincoln's address, defined the future and destiny of this our beloved country, The United States of America.

Here are those 10 sentences and 272 words. I suggest we read them ... between now and the Thanksgiving Holiday, as a way of preparing for, a deeper, richer and meaningful, celebration of a Thanksgiving Day.

The Gettysburg Address

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.Gettysburg Address

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 battle-field 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.

As these words have detailed, we have so much for which to be truly, and abundantly, THANKFUL. We also have a great responsibility to not treat such a wonderous gift with anything but reverence and respect. The very fact that we have so much for which to be thankful has come at a terrible price, deep sacrifice and thoughtful preparation. And what we enjoy today is not - for the most part - the work of our own hands. For, we are the recipients today of the forethought, sweat and tenacity of - preceeding generations: our ancestors.

It is hase now come full circle. It is our grave and important responsibility to take '...our place at the fire' [1] - NOW - to assume the lead in preparing the way for Tomorrow's Generations.

How Thankful will future generations be, because of our actions Today? Only history will tell. Let us hope and pray they, too, will have much for which to be Thankful.

May each of us deeply respect and enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving Day.

Mr. Lincoln also had the foresight to declare Thanksgiving a Federal holiday, as a "prayerful day of Thanksgiving" and set it apart for observance on the last Thursday in November.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt later set the date, definitively, as the 4th Thursday of November; which we follow to this day.

Have not only a Happy Thanksgiving, but a rewarding preparation for your own personal and family, Day of Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving Day we celebrate as US citizens, is a National Heritage to us all. The true meaning of Thanksgiving however, knows no national, cultural, ethic or religious boundaries. Thanksgiving is - and will always remain - a Heritage of Humanity.

We must never loose touch with our Heritage. Never.

Norman Rockwell's Thanksgiving DinnerMany of us will be doing what this famous Norman Rockwell painting depicts; enjoying the blessing of Family and a fine meal on Thanksgiving. We all know there are many who will not be as fortunate; for any number of reasons. Please, keep those less fortunate close in your thoughts. If you have any opportunity to 'reach out' with an act of Thanksgiving ... please do so. You'll never enjoy Thanksgiving more.

Be safe. Be happy. Be thankful.

See you all later,

les O'fieldstream

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17. Raysfan70
11:51 AM GMT on January 01, 2008
Good Morning {{Les}}.
Happy New Year!
May You Have a Wunderful 2008.
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16. SunsetSailor
5:40 AM GMT on January 01, 2008
Hey Les, Just to let you know you're not forgotten. Happy New year!!!
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15. OGal
8:54 PM GMT on December 31, 2007
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Glitter Happy New Year Graphics

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14. Raysfan70
10:56 AM GMT on December 31, 2007
Good Morning {{Les}}
Have a Happy and Safe New Year.
Happy New Year
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13. SBKaren
10:01 PM GMT on December 30, 2007
Hiya Les!

Hi! I'm staying with my grandsons tonight, and probably won't make it up tomorrow, so I wanted to say:

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12. palmettobug53
4:00 PM GMT on December 30, 2007
Hey, Les... I know I read this entry and I could have sworn I posted something. Either I did and it disappeared into that black hole that lurks around here or I got sidetracked and wandered off. Either one is possible!

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas with family and friends and are ready for 2008. Hope it turns out to be a great year for you!
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11. sandiquiz
10:15 PM GMT on December 09, 2007
Hi Les,
Thanks for dropping by my blog...........
I hope you are preparing for a family holiday and plan to relax and enjoy it:))
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10. outrocket
10:09 PM GMT on December 09, 2007
Your Christmas WUcard...

Merry Christmas Les man!!!!

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9. seflagamma
8:14 PM GMT on November 21, 2007
Hi Les and family,

I know you are loving life right now with those grandchildren.. Just a quick post to say Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Rylee and her Preschool friends at their Thanksgiving Program. We had Turkeys, Indians, and Pilgrams putting on a program for the parents and grandparents outside in the SE Florida Thanksgiving Sun.

May you and yours have a Blessed and Beautiful Thanksgiving Day.

Gams and family
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8. SBKaren
3:40 PM GMT on November 21, 2007
Trying to get by to as many blogs as I can to say my Hello's before the day Hello!!!

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7. AmberAlerts
8:49 AM GMT on November 21, 2007
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!! I love 'em :)

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6. Damon85013
10:18 PM GMT on November 20, 2007
Great blog entry, Les!! And thank you for visiting mine, where I left you a rather verbose (sorry! lol) response.

Have a super Thanksgiving, and bravo for putting up this blog :)
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5. OGal
11:34 AM GMT on November 20, 2007
Poor Thanksgiving, the almost forgotten holiday. I think talk of Christmas should not be allowed until the first of December. So many people in my neighborhood already have their Christmas lights up.

Anyway Les, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Not a happy football season for Purdue. Let's hope we have a decent bowl game!
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4. ofieldstream
7:59 AM GMT on November 20, 2007
Thanks Karen for the comment. Glad you found it worth reading. ". ) Keep on those kids. Reminders are the way to get them to thinking and keep them doing so.

We all have much to be thankful for. It's just so important that we not loose sight of the importance in our remembering it - and need to keep passing it on to the next generation.

Teach on!

les O'fieldstream
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3. SBKaren
3:10 AM GMT on November 20, 2007
Good Blog Les....I've been showing a short 15 minute video to the classes this week on why we even have a Thanksgiving. Most of the kids know about Pilgrims and the Indians, and turkey and corn and many even know about leaving England for religious freedom. But a gentle reminder that it's not just another day off from school is important! As is your message! Thanks...I know I have much to be thankful for.
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2. ofieldstream
3:00 AM GMT on November 20, 2007
Yes, Wanda. We will !!! Same to you and yours!

les O'fieldstream
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1. oneshotww
2:04 AM GMT on November 20, 2007
Hey, Les, have a happy one, OK?
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