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The Lexington Veterans’ Association under the auspices of the Friends of the COA will present their monthly program on Monday, Jan 14, 2019, at 1:15P.M., in the lower level meeting room at the Cary Memorial Library. 1875 Massachusetts Avenue. Open free to the public, come and enjoy coffee and refreshments along with friends and fellow veterans at 12:45 P.M. followed by our program at 1:15P.M.

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“Their Last Full Measure of Devotion: Lincoln at Gettysburg, November 1863"

                                          Dan Breen, Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies at Brandeis


Their Last Full Measure of Devotion: Lincoln at Gettysburg, November 1863 In the summer of 1863, General Robert E. Lee’s army clashed with Union forces at Gettysburg in the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, with more than 50,000 dead and wounded. Four months later, with the war still raging, President Abraham Lincoln accepted an invitation to deliver some brief remarks at the dedication of a new national cemetery at Gettysburg. 

"President Lincoln saw this as a rare opportunity to remind the nation what we were fighting for, but even more important, he wanted to reintroduce some basic concepts from the Declaration of Independence regarding freedom and equality”, says Dan Breen. 

Dan will discuss the story behind the Gettysburg Address: how Lincoln came to write what is arguably the most famous, most quoted and memorized speech in American political history, and he will ponder the significance it retains to this day. 

President Lincoln was not the main speaker of the event. That honor was reserved for Edward Everett, the greatest orator of his time, who gave an impassioned two-hour speech that kept the audience enthralled. When Lincoln delivered his speech of 272 words in less than three minutes, the contrast couldn’t have been greater. Yet the audience, and the nation, knew instantly that he had spoken words that would last through the ages. Lincoln later received a letter from Edward Everett that said, "I wish that I could flatter myself that I had come as near to the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes."

Dan Breen grew up in Atlanta, where he developed a passion for history and for the Civil War in particular. He earned a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin and a law degree from the University of Georgia. After briefly practicing law, he earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Boston College, and began his teaching career at Framingham State College. He taught history at Newbury College in Brookline before joining the faculty of Brandeis University, where he is Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies.


Martin Luther King Day

Gathering For Lexington Seniors:

Honoring His Legacy,

Continuing His Message of Sharing

Monday, January 21, 2019

Lexington seniors are invited to gather and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of the annual town-wide day of service on January 21 at Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham Street, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join us for refreshments and music, along with brief personal reflections on King’s role in our nation. If you plan to attend, you’re invited to share in the spirit of King’s generosity by bringing a donation for residents of Bedford Green Apartments, a home for 70 previously homeless veterans on the grounds of the Bedford Veterans Hospital. Suggested donations include new, unused items such as household cleaning products (detergents, paper towels); hygiene products for women as well as men (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soaps); full or queen sized sheets; travel coffee mugs; gift cards to chain stores like Market Basket, CVS, Dunkin Donuts, TJ Maxx; art and decor for apartments; or a check payable to “Bedford Place LLC” with “Veteran Programming” in the memo line.

To sign up for this event: Go to lexingtonmlk.org, click on “Volunteer Activities,” and then “Click Here for Volunteer Sign Up.” Scroll down to “Seniors Gathering to Honor MLK,” and register yourself as a Senior Guest (1); to include a family member or friend who will attend with you, enter (2).

Parking for this event will be at the rear of the parking lot at the Lexington Lodge of Elks across from Brookhaven at 959 Waltham Street with shuttle service to and from Brookhaven. To learn about other activities planned for Martin Luther King Day, including an interfaith discussion about race at Grace Chapel from 9-10:30, the Unity Walk from the Minuteman Statue to Cary Hall at 11:00 and, from 11:30 to 12:00, the Opening Ceremony at Cary Hall featuring Lexington literary performer Regie O’Hare Gibson with the In His Words song and spoken word ensemble, winning essay readings by Lexington students, and the SNAP Sing- Along Chorus, go to lexingtonmlk.org.

If you have questions, please email: lexingtoncommunity@gmail.com.

MLK Seniors 2019 flyer - Donations for Bedford Green.docx