As we approach Memorial Day, I have been thinking of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. He said, "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. . . ."
As I listen to the news and view the state of our great nation today, I feel we have let down those who made the supreme sacrifice. How have we managed to fail so miserably? Is it only the natural progression of any nation as it ages?
In an odd way, wars bring us together again, even those we don't all support. Each in his own way is doing his best as he sees it for the country. The Civil War almost destroyed us, but we were stronger in purpose after painful rebuilding. Since World War II, though, it has been mostly downhill. What went wrong?