Famous Texts to Be Read on Sept. 11
Famous Texts to Be Read on Sept. 11
The Associated Press
Sep. 10, 2002
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Text of the Gettysburg Address, which was delivered by Abraham Lincoln at the Nov. 19, 1863, dedication of the military cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. To be read by New York Gov. George Pataki at the World Trade Center ceremony Wednesday morning:
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 the nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate _ we cannot consecrate _ we cannot 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.
Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia. To be read by New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey at the World Trade Center ceremony Wednesday morning:
``We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.''
``Four Freedoms'' excerpt from Franklin D. Roosevelt's Annual Message to Congress, which was delivered Jan. 6, 1941. To be read by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the Wednesday evening ceremony in Battery Park:
``... In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression _ everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way _ everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want ... everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear ... anywhere in the world. ...
This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women, and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our strength is in our unity of purpose. To that high concept, there can be no end save victory.''