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Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address speech at the battleground of the Civil War were many brave soldiers gave their lives for our freedom. Abraham Lincoln was emphasizing the fact that all men are created equal.

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

In 1776 the signers of the Declaration of Independence put their lives on the line to create freedom, liberty, and equality for this country. For they did what was considered wrong knowing that what they did was right.

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure."

Today this is true with little exceptions, for we are at war with Iraqi terrorists whose sole purpose is to take our freedom, liberty, and equality away, which are brave soldiers are fighting for today. This is a great test much like the Civil War testing if this nation so conceived and so dedicated can conquer and endure the fear we are being surrounded by the terrorists.

"We are met on a great battlefield 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."

The soldiers of the United States of America are dying to protect our freedom and their country. We have come together to create a resting place for their sacrifices they made and for the freedom, liberty, and equality of this country so that we could experience the greatness of this country.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

We can't express enough thanks to those who have died and have fought so that we might live and so that others might live. The soldiers that have died have given all they could give for this country and it is very hard if not impossible to fully express the gratitude that should be given to them and their families. They are the ones who concentrated the ground so far beyond our power by giving their lives for their country.

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced."

Although Lincoln was wrong when he said "The world will little note what we say here." We remember his words that what the soldiers did by giving their lives so that this country might be free today, tomorrow, and the next is far greater then what Lincoln said that day. When he said they had "Nobly advanced" he was talking about how the soldiers had consecrated and hallowed the battle grounds. We have gone far since the Civil War. There is no more slavery and we have just recently elected a black president. This proves that the soldiers had not died in vain and that we are thriving on freedom.

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

It is for us the living to join together and be dedicated to our country much like the soldiers did in 1861 - 1865. It is only right that we should have great respect for the soldiers that gave their last full measure of devotion. We should realize that in all our wars men have given their lives so that his country might live as one in liberty, freedom, equality, justice, and honor.

The Gettysburg Address was one of the speeches given. In the Civil War more Americans died then any war in history. If they hadn't done it were would we be, what would we be doing, now as a divided nation? Why did the American soldiers give their last full measure of devotion for something they could never experience? The answer might be that we the living are striving for harmony, peace, equality, liberty, freedom, and justice.

Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address speech at the battle ground of the Civil War where many brave soldiers gave their lives for our freedom. Abraham Lincoln was emphasizing the fact that all men are created equal.

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