"The sin of silence, when men should protest, makes cowards of men" -- Abraham Lincoln
We Men should use the golden opportunity that holidays afford to rise to the leadership occasion.
We should STAND for the great principles these memorial days commemorate.
The best way for most of us is to take a few minutes at the dinner table to, say, read, Lincoln's Proclamation.
We miss a great moment if we just let things slide.
his Abraham Lincoln's sayings sticks in my mind here:
“To sin by silence, when
they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
Let's seize the
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN THE GULF OF ALASKA
USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, IS THE FIFTH NIMITZ-CLASS SUPERCARRIER -- HOME PORT EVERETT, WASHINGTON
President Abraham Lincoln
In the middle of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed a national
Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863:
Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day Address:
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled
with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are
prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they
cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty
In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States
to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws
have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that
theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and
of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the
ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals,
have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that
has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength
and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor
hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.
They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing
with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be
solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people.
I do therefore
invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in
foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent
Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him
for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience,
commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife
in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the
nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United
States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth."
Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln, October 3,
Note -- Wikipedia says that the Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving
long before Lincoln's proclaimation, and that the date of the annual celebration in the USA was changed.
WITH THE U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY IN SUPPORT OF MARITIME SECURITY OPERATIONS (US NAVY)
Psalm 19:The heavens declare the glory of God; the
firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Lincoln made many notable sayings. Goodreads.com is one of many sites with these.
Here are a few I picked out:
can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man
could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
“I have been driven many
times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me
insufficient for that day.”
He quotes Jesus Christ in the first sentence here:
“A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half
slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do
expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”
sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
“I have always found
that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”
“Fourscore 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.”
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