3 score and 3 years ago, our fathers brought forth on this campus, a new enterprise, conceived in hunger, and dedicated to the proposition that all men love ice cream.
We have come to give tribute to the enterprise, as a place for those who here gave their last dollar so that that enterprise might prosper. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who ate ice cream here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored ice cream eaters we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these ice cream eaters shall not have graduated in vain — that this enterprise, under God, shall have a new birthday of 63 years — and that ice cream of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the campus.