Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Aaron Schrock

The identity of our nation has ensured its survival. This identity is symbolized in many events and images in our history. The Gettysburg address is one of the symbols. President Lincoln gave this speech to honor the fallen soldiers, and to focus on the purpose of the war. He was reminding the people what was important about the war. President Lincoln wanted the American people to remember what soldiers were fighting for. They were fighting for freedom, for their nation, and they history of the nation. This speech is a symbol of our nation identity. The power of this speech is felt still today. It is a symbol of our nation’s identity. The Gettysburg address is powerful because it has been passed down over the years. People think of this speech as a reminder that it freed the slaves. President Lincoln believed that all people should be equal, with equal rights. The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war, and also for our nation. Because of this battle, African Americans have freedom and rights. They have the right to vote now, and the same rights that all other people have. My life would be different if people didn’t have equal rights in America. For example, I would still be in slavery because of the color of my skin. I am very grateful that the world is equal. I think President Lincoln was very brave. Our nation started heading toward war before he was elected president. He knew that he had a tough job ahead of him. But still he kept on working toward bringing our nation back to equality. Aaron Schrock Fisher High School Fisher, IL