The Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address are two events that had a significant impact on our Nation as a whole. Brother fought Brother on these fields from July 1 - 3, 1863. In the end, the battle had claimed more than 46,000 Union and Confederate Soldiers. Five months later, on November 19, 1863, Gettysburg would see yet another significant milestone in the shaping of our United States as President Lincoln would deliver his address to the Nation. His remarks ended with the following:
"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."
Shanksville is the final resting place for the passengers and crew of Flight 93. The courageous actions of the crew and passengers sent a clear message that day that our resolve is unequaled in the face of adversity. Our will to do what is right is rivaled only by the spirit in which we accomplish it. Upon reaching our destination, we welcome everyone who followed along to join us for a moment of silence to recognize the selflessness and courage of the passengers aboard Fight 93.
We decided mid planning that we needed to take a day off to help us gain some much needed rest, but to remember exactly why we are doing this. Our nation's capital embodies the spirit of America to the fullest. From the Vietnam Wall that lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who never came home to the Smithsonian, there is much to be thankful for and much to remember. Since we represent both the east and west coasts, we hope to schedule a meeting with our respective state representatives, both Washington and North Carolina, to encourage them to fill the gaps and push for greater funding when it comes to the care of our veterans.