Monday, September 09, 2002
Focus on Gettysburg

It's well known that NYC ceremonies reflecting on the events of 9/11/01 and its heroes will feature a reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg address. Today's New York Times features this column by William Safire on how Lincoln's words tell a story of conception, birth, death, and rebirth. It's nice.

While Safire's piece is about words and how one instance of them described the arc and origins of a nation's still-in-process story, this piece by Dave Barry (link from Instapundit) is about the actions in that story at two places in Pennsylvania-- Gettysburg during the Civil War and Somerset County, where Flight 93 went down, last September -- and about how we remember, or how we try to remember, those actions. It's incredibly moving, and there's no way I can summarize it succintly. I very strongly recommend it, if you haven't read it already.