Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Bayleah Moore

The Gettysburg address is a powerful and moving speech. It made us who we are today. It was meaningful then and now. Then we had a physical war over freedom. We were protecting freedom and staying united. We are still protecting freedom and trying to stay united. We are fighting an ideal war trying to change what people think and change their thoughts about us and what we do. Lincoln’s speech implies that we are equal as one. No matter what our sex, race, sexuality, or religion we are still all human beings. The Gettysburg address is close to my heart because a lot of people judge me the way I am. I am my own person so is everyone else. Lincoln changed the world with his speech; it changed racism and the way we look at other people. “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.” This is the quote that means the most to me because people risked their lives for us to be equal and have freedom. Some people really take that for granted because they still judge people and don’t care that people died for us and are still fighting for us. In the future I will look back and still use Lincoln’s speech. Bayleah Moore Fisher High School Fisher Illinois