Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Libby Knave

“Anybody know what this place is? This is Gettysburg. This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we’re still fighting amongst ourselves today. This green field right here was painted red, bubbling with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls, man. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen and take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together right now, on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed just like they were. … I don’t care if you don’t like each other, but you will respect each other…” This quote from Remember the Titans talks about the battle of Gettysburg, one of the bloodiest battles in our history. We killed our family in a war against our own. There is nothing we can do to take back what has been done, but we can learn from our past mistakes. We remember the Gettysburg Address one of the most famous speeches given by Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s speech honored the fallen soldiers and redefined the purpose of the war. We can’t forget those who have died in that field, which shed their own blood for a war in which winning we could in no way achieve victory; but we can know that it wasn’t in vain. Those soldiers fought a battle that we’re still fighting today. But if history repeated itself would the consequences be in vain or victory? Respect might be key to saving our nation. Libby Knave Fisher High School Fisher, IL