"Elevenscore and fifteen years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal. Now we are occupied with another civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.
We are met on a thousand battlefields of that war, from New York City to Oakland, California. We may eventually dedicate these fields to those who were vilified, injured, and even gave their lives that our nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this, because no one political or economic organization should have the power to stop us. No corporate or political entity can dedicate, can consecrate, can hallow these Occupied grounds. The brave people who now struggle here are consecrating them far above the corporations' poor power to add or detract.
We hope the world will note and long remember what we say here, and, hopefully, it will never forget what we do here. It is for all the people of the world to remain dedicated to the never-ending work which we and our brothers and sisters around the world have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is for all the people of the world to be dedicated to the great task before us--to pledge increased devotion to our cause, even if some may give the last full measure of devotion. We here highly resolve that any of our vilified, injured, and dead shall not suffer in vain, that this nation under the power of its own people 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."
--Cheryl Lyda, 11-11-2011