Full Inscription: Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincoln
This illuminating thought is from one of America's most renowned and important speeches, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. His 273-word speech still stands today as the most succinct and inspiring embodiment of the rationale behind our nation's conception, birth and existence.
Here is the full transcription for you:
"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 battle field 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 that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not 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."
We used the same letterform for our carving as the stone masons used to carve the entire Gettysburg Address into the walls of the Lincoln Memorial.
- Source: . Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Thursday afternoon, November 19, 1863
- Product Dimensions: 8" X 32" X 3/4"
- Charitable Category: A portion of the proceeds from this piece benefits Veteran’s Programs.
- Of Note: Product Copyright 2017 GTI, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Made in USA.
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