Thursday, March 6, 2008

Practice News Story: Speech

Posted: November 19, 1863

Battlefield Dedicated to 7,500
President Lincoln Gives Moving Speech

GETTYSBURG, Penn.-- The battlefield in Gettysburg, Penn. was dedicated as a memorial for the 7,500 soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the civil war. President Abraham Lincoln gave the dedicatory remarks. He moved some in attendance to tears saying, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”

Following a near two hour oration, by Edward Everett, Lincoln took the stand for only two or three minuetts. His few appropriate remarks summarized the war in 10 sentences and 272 words. Few in attendance remember what was said by others. Lincoln’s Gettysburg adress will be remembered for years to come.

Only four months after the battle of Gettysburg the site has been bought and reserved for a national monument. Lincoln said, “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.”

For a complete copy of the speech see column: Gettysburg Address


Regan said...

Awesome! Like the picture and the fact that you added the actual speech was sweet! :) Good use of the inverted pyramid!

Amy Lyn said...

You did a great job on this speech. I loved the addition of the photo. You inluded a lot of interesting facts.