Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Grace Williams

The Gettysburg Address Edward Everett. When I say that name I bet you don’t even know who that is. It was the man, who on November 19th, spoke for 2 hours about the occasion at Gettysburg. Do we remember him? No. Abraham Lincoln, spoke for 2 minutes and his words still ring loudly in the ears of all Americans. “…All men are created equal.” The battle of Gettysburg, the battle of brotherly bloodshed, was a day in history that shall not be forgotten. Abraham Lincoln was there at that battleground to dedicate it to all men, all men who are created equal. Yet he could not dedicate it to them for they had already dedicated to us, our nation. It was a symbol, a symbol of how we test our nation and its beliefs. Could all men really be equal? Could we really live a life of colored harmony? To answer that question we sent brothers to fight brothers and cousins to fight cousins. We crossed not only the battle line, but also the fine line of sanity. Lincoln addressed that we not allow those men to have died in vein, to have died over a lost cause. We the people, we the government needed to put fourth the effort for change, not just watch those who believed in change all perish. “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” –Abraham Lincoln Lincoln went that day not to make a memorable speech, but to make a memorable dedication so that forever we remember those who fought for a change.