Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Isaac Horsch

On November 19th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln and Edward Everett spoke on one of the most important days in US history. President Lincoln had shared the platform with him at the Soldier’s National Cemetery to say a remembrance memorial speech for those who had fallen during the days of July 1st-July 3rd, the days of the Battle of Gettysburg. In the letter that President Lincoln had received said, “I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.” Everybody that had attended this event was there to listen to Edward Everett, a famous speech writer. Everett had taken over 2 hours to complete his speech, and this didn’t have as much of an impact to President Lincoln’s 2 minute speech. This 272-word speech, has affected everyone physically and emotionally, because of how people interpret the words, phrases and meanings of the speech. “…Our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” What does that mean to some people? For me it says that this country is free, and that every person has the same rights as everyone else. The fathers of this country had done what they had to do to make this country free, to have the roof above your head when you sleep, the food you have to eat, and to get where you are today. It also means to me that we need to protect our backyards from other countries for our own freedom. Isaac Horsch Fisher High School Fisher IL