Ground Already Traveled"
(And By Extension..The Lincoln Highway)
Remarks by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton
December 31, 1999
last two years we have been preparing for this moment
White House Millennium Project
that has honored the
past and imagined the future all across our country.
it wonderful that, as far as I can see,
we can all
be here together tonight?
It is so moving to
stand at this place,
which in this century
Here we have come
children in hand,
by the thousands,
and strive for what is best
country and ourselves.
Under Mr. Lincoln’s gaze,
we each stand taller and we all reach higher.
march on Washington came here in 1963 as a mighty river of hope,
every race and every stream of American life,
to hear the
man who was Lincoln’s spiritual descendant.
century’s American prophet proclaimed,
“I have a dream.”
It was, and is, the
Across the river,
on a hillside that
looms above this memorial,
a single flickering
flame in the night
grave of the young president who spoke here
100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation,
funeral passed here on the way to Arlington.
summit of the American century,
he told us not to be
what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do
for your country.”
It was a time when
visions were raised up
were struck down.
But their ideals will
go with us into the new century and the new millennium.
And here is a song
from a time in this century that touched America’s soul:
Martin, and John.”