Friday, June 17, 2005

Hanover Station - Love you Kevin

Abraham Lincoln stopped at this lazy little town in southern Pennsylvania to change trains on the way to Gettysburg to dedicate the national cemetery there with his "Gettysburg Address." Just after the war wounded combatants passed through by rail to travel to hospitals. There is a museum in the station and along the railroad tracks is a "Rails to Trails" section open for biking, walking or skating.

Gettysburg Address
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 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.

Across the tracks is this overgrown house that I thought made an interesting picture

To the west of and next to the house is an old "Snoball Express" stand made to look like a train. It must have been open fairly recently because a young man in his early twenties who was walking by said he used to go there all the time and loved their snowballs.

While I was taking pictures Scrabble Queen and Prince Kevin walked through the butterfly garden planted and maintained by the Master Gardeners of Southern Pennsylvania.

Near the station is a sculpture of a man and horse that I thought was especially nice.

The Quote for the day was inscribed on a plaque just in front of the Horse and the Man

Scrabble - still no scrabble scores


Anonymous said...

we first visited the gettysburg battleground, taking the auto tour so well done, last fall. we were so moved by truly the hallowness of the soil and place; but it was only on this trip when once again we briefly visited this favorite place, in the heat and humidity of a pennsylvania summer similar,i am sure to the time of the battle; we could more appreciate these young citizens of our divided country, in their wool uniforms, and the sacriface they made for us all. in this time of division and annimosity in our country, we are reminded most poignantly, to be gentle with one another. love to all, the scrabble queeen

Anonymous said...

LOoks like the perfect Grandparent's to have. Kevin, you are lucky to have such a fun Grandpa and Grandma.


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