The Gettysburg Address is a speech delivered by Abraham Lincoln at the November 19, 1863, dedication of Soldier’s National Cemetery, a cemetery for Union soldiers killed at the Battle Of Gettysburg during the American Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 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 — 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.”
-Do you think this speech is important?
Yes I do think its important because I think it is important to recognize the men who gave up everything for others.
-What is your personal opinion of this?
My personal opinion is that I’m proud that Abraham Lincoln made this speech.
-Do you find it ironic that this speech was forgotten for a few years after and now some school have student memorize it?
I do find it ironic that for so many years after this speech was made, that it was forgotten and not seen as being important, now it’s one of the big important speeches in history.
-How did this speech effect the US?
In the speech it even said that’for those honored dead we take increased devotion”, and that no man would have died in vain. It’s true, no man has died in vain, we have days that we remember those who have died in every American war strengthens our call to citizenship.