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Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, 1863 (Presidents Day)

Delivered by President Abraham Lincoln(1809-1865) on November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg PA, just 4 months after the Union defeat of the Confederate Army there. Dedicating the new Soldiers' National Cemetery, the address lasted only 2 minutes but captured for all time the larger purpose of preserving the fledgling, free nation. Music: "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic," one of the most stirring anthems ever written, a rallying cry for genuine freedo...

Presidents Speak Of Mothers (Presidents Day)

"Memories," music by Egbert Van Alstyne(1882-1951), lyrics (not included here) by Gustavus(Gus)Kahn(1886-1941), 1915. (See Holidays/Valentine's Day and Occasions/Apologies-Partings). The first of what would be dozens of standards by lyricist Gus Kahn for Tin Pan Alley, on Broadway and in Hollywood. Van Alstyne also wrote "In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree" and "Pretty Baby" (see Occasions/Baby and Holidays/Valentine's Day).

Washington's Farewell Address, 1796 (Presidents Day)

A letter from President George Washington(1732-1799) to "The People of the United States of America," declining a third term and presciently warning them of the political dangers that lay ahead for a nation uniquely dedicated to the freedom of the individual. Music: "Yankee Doodle," the unchallenged anthem of the Revolutionary War, the "Spirit of '76." (See Holidays/Independence Day).