As we celebrate the Fourth of July this week, we also commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest, deadliest battleground of the Civil War. Gettysburg shows the war at its worst, but it was also the definitive turning point in the war, the beginning of the end of our nation’s division at that time.

Now all the history buffs out there know that President Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address was not delivered until later in the year in November, however with all the division in the world today, now is as good a time as ever to reflect on the president’s words:

…a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

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.”

If you were to write an address for today, what would it say?
What does freedom mean to you?

Tell us your answers below…

(And remember, our store is closed on Thursday in observance of the holiday.)