This 4th of July we need to realize and reflect that today July 3, 2013, marks the 150th Anniversary of The Greatest Battle in History on American soil. The decisive battle of the Civil War took place July 1-3 1863. Abraham Lincoln called it America’s “New Birth of Freedom” in November of 1863 when he delivered his Gettysburg Address.
On a personal level I had the privilege to have been at Gettysburg as a 7 year old boy on July 1, 1964, the very day of the 101st Anniversary of the battle. My father & I reminisced about it yesterday on the phone. On the 100th anniversary, 1 year before, former President & 5 Star General Dwight David Eisenhower gave the keynote speech, then current President John F. Kennedy was unable to, due to a trip overseas. Kennedy had though visited Gettysburg in the spring of 1963. In a twist of history & destiny, Kennedy decided not to give the keynote speech months later in November of 1963 for the 100th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and instead choose to go to Texas for political reasons and ended up assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Gettysburg turned again to citizen Eisenhower to give the keynote address.
Click on the link below to enjoy the Gettysburg video montage with Andy Williams stirring rendition of “The Battle Hymn of The Republic” (written during the Civil War), sung at Robert Kennedy’s funeral, in the background. Thankful to all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. God Bless America.