“Four score and seven….” Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography
GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, LINCOLN MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON, D.C. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is inscribed in the limestone walls of the giant memorial to the great President. Whereas most people, particularly children, readily rush up to the statue of the seated Lincoln in the central part of the memorial, fewer people approach the powerful words carved into the southern wall. They are best read from a distance. Every so often, a child will make the mad dash to stand below the text while parents snap photos of their son or daughter below the famous text. As we all know, the speech begins with “Four score and seven years ago…” What does that mean anyhow? A score is twenty years. Four score is 80. Add seven and you have 87. America’s 16th President gave the speech on Thursday, November 19th, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (site of the battle of Gettysburg in early July of that same year). 87 years before President Lincoln’s remarks was the year 1776.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 10-24mm at 22mm, f4.5, 1/15 sec., ISO 640, Photo by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography