Monday, February 3, 2014

Essay Contest Submission by Drew William Becker - 8th Grade

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


By Drew William Becker - 8th Grade

          One hundred fifty years ago, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address speech. He stated that we need to protect the rights of liberty as a nation and we are engaged in a great civil war. And that it was testing if that nation or any nation can endure. He goes on to say that this nation is by the people for the people.  There are many lessons Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address.

          One of the lessons Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address is cooperation. If we cannot agree on something, we cannot let that tear this nation apart. We need to come up with a solution without that leading us to war. We must agree on something’s and make compromises in order for us to survive. That is one of the lessons Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address.

          Another lesson Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address is the importance of a commander in chief’s decision to deploy the United States military. It is important that citizens to stay engage in foreign and domestic policy especially when it could mean sending our young men and women to battle. It is the President’s decision but he must have the will of the people for his initiative to succeed. We must know when something is worth fighting for and if we leave it could it endanger our freedom. That is one of the lessons Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address.

          Another lesson Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address is how long written words can live. Abraham Lincoln probably never knew that his speech would be etched in stone.  This could be the same in today’s electronic writing. What you say could last forever which is why it is important to think about what you say before you say it. That is another lesson Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address.

          There are many different lessons Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address. One is the ability to cooperate. Another is the importance of a commander in chief’s decision to deploy the United States military.  And finally, how long written words can live. Those are some of the many different lessons Americans today could draw from the Gettysburg address.                                                           

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