Monday, February 3, 2014

Essay Contest Submission by Alexis Dillon - 8th Grade

        "What lessons should Americans today draw from the Gettysburg Address?"

By Alexis Dillon - 8th Grade

Imagine yourself on a field. A large grassy battle field. You are marching in the very front row looking forward as something comes into view. At first it looks like a big long blob, but then you realize that you are looking at the enemy. A gun goes off and your life starts flashing through your mind. Then one thing stops in your brain. Your family and that you aren’t just fighting for them, you are fighting for your nation. This is why people need to draw lessons from the Gettysburg Address and should never let this leave their minds.

First off, one of the first thing that is written in the Gettysburg Address is that “All men are created equal.” Abraham Lincoln was the start of the whole process of ending slavery. In his speech about slavery, he said that “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.” He also talked about how people thought that slavery was a “moral wrong”.  Abraham Lincoln even told everyone that was listening to his speech that he was “naturally anti-slavery”, and that if slavery wasn’t bad, then nothing was. Abraham tried to do all that he could to start the end slavery. This is one lesson that people should draw from the Gettysburg Address.

Second, people fought for our nation so that we could live. People died so that we could be free. In Lincoln’s speech, he said that “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what happened here.” He dedicated most of his speech to the people who died fighting for our nation and for fighting for what was right. This amazing man also announced 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.” This is another lesson people need to have from the Gettysburg address.

Lastly, never forget what happened on that field. Never forget what they did on that hill. People fought for their lives, for their families, and for their freedom. Many people also died doing that. Over a Thousand men died doing an amazing thing. An outstanding man also stood on that ground and boar a speech about those brave souls. Letting everyone know that those people would never be forgotten because they fought nobly.  People should always be able to draw lessons from the Gettysburg address.

 All in all, these are the different kinds of lessons you can draw from this grand speech, born by a grand man. Never forget that very tall, yet loving man and what he said at Gettysburg. If it hadn’t been for this man, we may still be trying to end slavery, and people would still be miserable. Ending slavery, people fighting for our nation, and never forgetting what happened back then. Never forget that very tall man and what he said at Gettysburg. People should always keep these lessons within their minds, and within their hearts. 

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