FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 27, 2010
I stopped by Gettysburg last week.
I was on my way home from speaking at a school in Pennsylvania and was feeling a little bit melancholy about the condition of America’s young people. I do enough work with them to know that there is something seriously amiss. I was thinking about a quote from Abraham Lincoln as I turned left onto Seminary Ridge that drizzly Tuesday afternoon.
“The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of government tomorrow.”
I had been to the Gettysburg battlefield once before. My wife and I stopped by one day twenty or so years ago…way before history really mattered to me. This day I was compelled…drawn might be a better word…to pull my rented car down the lane along which more American soldiers had died than any road in American history. I had travelled many miles since my last visit and my life had taken a direction that I could never have imagined. I now found myself thrust headlong into fighting for Lincoln’s admonition that “these honored dead shall not have died in vain.” Vain…empty…for nothing.