Gettysburg Address

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. 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 struggled 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 for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, 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.

– Abraham Lincoln, 19 November 1863

Oregon flies this from the pole?

Oregon’s state flag is just short of a monstrosity. The front has minute details in a seal that are nearly impossible to see on a flag. This double-sided beast is expensive to make and doesn’t fly well because it is so heavy.
The front.
The back actually could stand on its own as a flag. (The image would usually be depicted the reverse of this since the beaver would be displayed looking at the hoist.)

Here are a few alternates in order of my preference.

The first is a complete change, other than keeping some yellow and blue from the original. The blue represents the rivers and ocean of western Oregon; the gold the wheat fields of eastern Oregon. The green and the tree are symbols unique to Oregon. 33 stars for the 33rd state.
My favorite.

The next two pull the beaver from the reverse of the current flag and incorporate the 33 stars. They are very basic, but easily recognizable.
A variation on the stars.3rd

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