The last words of Abraham Lincoln's solemn Gettysburg Address would be most appropriate at any of America's tragic battles. The awful trench warfare in World War I; the frightful landings at Omaha and Utah beaches at Normandy; the never-ending island beaches the U.S. Marine Corps was assigned to take in the Pacific. 

All Americans who put their lives on the line for their country should deservedly receive Lincoln's last words: "... 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." 

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