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The Pleasants County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Pleasants County Senior Citizens Center, Second Street, St. Marys.

A rather important agenda faces us as we plan for the annual covered dish dinner, to be held Aug. 23, 2015, which features the presentation of a local family history or an event or historic circumstance fitting the occasion.

I have been searching about for the making of a suitable program, but with little success so be on the lookout for an interesting historic program.

Fourth of July has come and gone and I enjoyed some local fireworks and musical displays and television programs which were spectacular which left me in a patriotic mode which set me to reading historic happenings, one of which I'm using to introduce our July meeting-Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address at the Dedication of the National Cemetery, Nov. 19, 1863.

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.

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 battlefield 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.

Every time I read the Gettysburg Address I feel a surge of patriotism and admiration of our fathers who spent so much thought and time in creating the constitution which frames the ideal America which seems to crumble a little more with each succeeding generation — all in the name of self-serving "rights." I'm truly worried for the future of the greatness of America.

God Bless America and the "Star Spangled Banner" — long may she wave!

I'm sorry, I have no accompanying picture this time as I'm hurrying off to the printer then to Pipestem State Park for a family reunion and will not be back until Monday — too late to get this to the Oracle office — so hope to see you the 16.

Keep that patriotic fervor burning in your heart so true.

Everyone welcome.



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Original Publication Date: July 15, 2015



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