With respect to one, if not the greatest of all U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln, whose Gettysburg Address inspired an entire nation and people across the globe, I present something focused on Lambeau Field to which all Green Bay Packers fans can relate.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s recitation of his simple address on the battlefield where brothers fought and died side-by-side, I bow my head. I respect the memories of all who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice over the many generations. I remember and honor all who have served for our greater good.
But because of the simple symmetry and language that was uttered that day 150 years ago, I turn his words toward something less important – the Green Bay Packers.
So, with apologies to the great Mr. Lincoln, I give you my Lambeau Field Address:
Four score and 13 years ago Misters Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun brought upon this City of Green Bay, a devoted nation of honorable fans, conceived with ultimate allegiance to their Packers, and dedicated to the proposition that all NFL teams are not created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great war of the gridiron, testing whether this nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on this historic and iconic Lambeau Field, the site of many battles in this long and enduring war. We have come to dedicate a portion of this field, where Seventeen days, 408 hours, 24,308 minutes, and 1,468,800 seconds ago, that enemy Mr. Shea Mclellin injured our brother Aaron who gave up his clavicle so that we might continue this great war. It was altogether fitting and proper that we should continue, even if it means that we do so with our third in line, Mr. Tolzien.
But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate – we cannot consecrate – we cannot hallow this Lambeau Field nor can we carry on with this war without remembering the brave men, living and dead, who struggled here many years before. They have consecrated far above our poor power to add or detract.
The NFL will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here – Vince, Ray, Bart, Brett, and Reggie. 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, for Mr. Tolzien, Mr. Lacy, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Matthews, to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from those who have gone before we gain the strength to take increased devotion to that cause of beating Vikings, Lions and Bears so that those who have gone before shall not have fought in vain – that this Packers Nation, under God, shall have a new birth of victories and that this team of the people, by the people and for the people shall not be vanquished from the playoffs.
GO! PACK! GO!