Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Today's History Lesson

I would like to share with you the words and images of the President's Inaugural Speech that captured my heart today. The images I have chosen represent people that were reflected upon in the speech in some way. May we never forget those that made our lives possible today.

"We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.

Abraham Lincoln's Gettsyburg Speech

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction………………………..

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it)."
George Washington

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come……….when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us…………….." President Barack Obama, January 20th, 2009

........we all have our dreams, may we all have the strength and believe in the power to make them come true in this great nation called America.


Joanna said...

Some said they thought his speech was so powerful but I thought it was great qand in the right tone. a good day for sure.

Joanna said...

I meant to write WASN'T so powerful
(it's late and I better get in the bed) :-)

Claire said...

A wonderful post! I love the pictures you worked into it - really brings home some of the lessons. I will remember that speech for a long time! Hooray!

Nancy K. said...

I never knew History could be so compelling, engaging and uplifting!


Nancy K. said...

It just occurred to me why this day feels so incredible: we're a living part of History AND the Future...

Kara said...

Thanks for that post. It moved me as much to read the words, as was hearing them yesterday. I loved seeing the history pictures as they related to the words, so powerful!

kristi said...

everyone is going to have their "issues", they just need to remember that we are all Americans:)

Thank you! I am glad all of you took the time to read it, appreicate it, and take the time to comment:)

History is the best subject in the world to teach!! If you don't know your history, your doomed to repeat the past...so then what would happen to your future? Thank you for stopping by:)

its good to hear from you! thank you for the comment. I wasn't sure on posting something "different" but oh heck, it is my blog:)