Braeden Lanter (6th grade) - Wheaton Area Schools

Braeden Lanter (6th grade) - Wheaton Area Schools

My name is Braeden Lanter. I will be in 7th grade this fall at Wheaton Area Schools. I am excited to see the MN monument in Gettysburg and walk the path of the MN regiment!

"Whenever I see or touch something old and historical it feels amazing to know that someone from a long time ago actually touched it! I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be in Gettysburg!” - Braeden Lanter

Braeden's Essay

Dear President Lincoln, I believe that 150 years later what you stated in the Gettysburg Address has changed in some ways. There are still people being treated unfairly. Some people still treat African Americans poorly, but I do believe we have come far from slavery. First we banished slavery, and even though it took a while we did stop segregation. Compare now to 150 years ago. Back then African Americans were slaves, but now they are treated like regular people, as they should be. The Native Americans have also struggled. They are still being treated unfairly in many ways. Many Native Americans live on reservations and were never paid for their land either. The Government still owes them the money they promised to pay. And when they lost the Dakota war, even the ones who weren’t involved were punished and banished. When you said we should honor the soldiers at Gettysburg, I believe they are not honored as much as they should be today. Everybody knows what happened and how bloody a battle it was, but it seems as no one cares. There are just a select few who actually honor them. We do remain a government of the people. 150 years ago, women couldn’t vote; look how far we’ve come. If Americans thought it would be crazy for African Americans to vote, now women can vote too! Many minorities have been elected to all branches of the government. Five years ago we elected our first African American president! We HAVE remained a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Yours truly, Braeden Lanter

"Whenever I see or touch something old and historical it feels amazing to know that someone from a long time ago actually touched it! I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be in Gettysburg!"

- Braeden Lanter -

Gettysburg Address

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.

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 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. 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. 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. 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.