You may be wondering why TPF is so energized and confident that Sarasota National Cemetery is the perfect choice for the military initiative. For the best explanation, we once again look at how TPF focuses on Connective Tissue as New Realities are initiated.
On July 17, 1862, Congress enacted legislation that authorized the President to purchase “cemetery grounds” to be used as national cemeteries “for soldiers who shall have died in the service of the country.
Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. He stated this most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “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.”
Joseph Medill, grandfather of James Patterson (husband of TPF benefactor Dorothy) began the money trail that ultimately led to TPF when he purchased the Chicago Tribune for two reasons; make money and support the Republican Party to elect President Lincoln.
Under Medill, the Tribune became the leading Republican newspaper in Chicago. Medill was a major supporter of Abraham Lincoln in the 1850s. Medill and the Tribune were instrumental in Lincoln’s nomination for the presidency, and were equally supportive of the Union cause during the American Civil War.
As you can see, the legacy of TPF involved our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln who established the National Cemetery System (Administration) which is responsible for Sarasota National Cemetery.