Tribute to Abraham Lincoln – the Greatest U.S. President. Background music is Piano Nocturne #14 “Aqua” by Conrad Askland.
It was a very moving experience to work on this video. In the past month I have been creating some videos about historical characters and actual historical figures. This was one of my favorites, to be able to spend time alone (virtually at least) with the great Abraham Lincoln. I am always moved by his quote that encourages us to follow “the better angels of our nature.” To me it is a similar hopeful thought akin to the early U.S. settlers who dreamed of “a city upon a hill.” We fall short. We always do. But we can strive and we can be encouraged to be the better side of who we are as individuals, as a nation and as a global community.
I hope you have the same experience by watching this video; the experience of having a quiet time of reflection, a personal inner fireside chat with Abraham Lincoln. The experience for me is really beyond words, but the experience is very real through the combination of imagery and music. Particularly moving for me was the photo of Lincoln with his youngest son Tad.
The video description includes the end of Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address where he talks about “the better angels of our nature.”
END OF FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS
Monday, March 4, 1861
“I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”