Monday, February 3, 2014

Essay Contest Submission By Shelby Gabrielson - 3rd Grade

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

By Shelby Gabrielson - 3rd Grade

I believe that there are still lessons we can learn from the Gettysburg Address. These are the four lessons that I see in the Gettysburg Address.

Lesson #1 - “A new nation conceived in liberty”

The first lesson that I see in the Gettysburg Address is that a long time ago“our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty.” So say someone's running for president and said if I win the vote everyone will bow down to me, just like being king. That’s not the point at all. We came to America for freedom and liberty. We didn't come to America to be ruled by a king. Whenever I look at the American flag it reminds me of liberty and freedom. Whenever you look at the American flag what does it remind you of?

Lesson #2 - “Dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”

The second lesson that I see in the Gettysburg address is that“our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation … dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” So every American has the same chance of fulfilling the American dream. It doesn't mean we all have the same stuff. It just means we should all have the same chance of being what we want to be.

Lesson #3 - Remember “the brave men, living and dead, who struggled here”

The third lesson that I see in the Gettysburg address is to remember “The brave men living and dead, who struggled here.” The point is to remember those who died for us to give us freedom. If you don't remember those that died for you then what's the point at all if thousands of people sacrificed their lives for yours and you don't even thank them. So be grateful for what you have and what you receive.

Lesson #4 - “For us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us”

The forth lesson that I see in the Gettysburg address is to do our best to keep America free. Lincoln said “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.” They are dead but we are alive so we can do our best to keep our country free.

Now those are the lessons that I see in the Gettysburg Address. The Gettysburg Address was written 150 years ago but there are still things we can learn from it today.

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