One hundred years ago today, the people of the world commemorated the first “Armistice Day” or what we now recognize as Veterans Day. While it originally commemorated the end of the First World War and the peace achieved a year earlier, today it has come to recognize all those who have selflessly served our nation and the world as members of the Armed Services. A veteran in his own right, Abraham Lincoln served gallantly and although not on a field of battle, ultimately made the supreme sacrifice, that this nation might experience a “new birth of freedom.”
Lincoln was mindful of those who served. He created the Medal of Honor--our nation’s highest recognition of courage and valor. At Gettysburg he exhorted, “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.” In his second Inaugural Address he called us, “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace…” Lincoln deeply understood the importance of service and those who served.
To what do we owe our 16th Commander in Chief, who dedicated his life to maintain the Union and have our nation live up to all that our founding documents espouse?
Each and every day, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and its related Foundation work tirelessly to share the story of this great American President and his dedication and devotion to veterans. Whether it is through public exhibits like In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers World War II
, currently on display at the ALPLM, or through our protection and preservation of one of the remaining copies of The Gettysburg Address written in Lincoln’s own hand, we recognize and salute veteran’s selfless service to the nation.
On this centennial anniversary of Veterans Day, please join us in saluting our nation’s 16th Commander in Chief and all veterans by making a charitable contribution to ensure our vital and important work continues now and for generations to come. To all the veterans and their families, this 100th anniversary of Veterans Day is yours. You have earned it and we thank you.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
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