This month, 157 years ago, Lincoln defined democracy as “government of the people, by the people, for the people” in his timeless Gettysburg Address. In it, he described the Civil War as the great “testing” whether democracy itself would survive or “perish from the earth.”
Our democratic experiment survived with help from Lincoln’s visionary leadership and the sacrifice of many hundreds of thousands of human lives. We are all responsible for ensuring their tragic sacrifice was not in vain.
Lincoln’s work to advance democracy, equality and freedom is unfinished. It is up to all of us to move it forward. As Lincoln said:
“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. . .”
You can help educate tens of thousands of students this year about the cost of that new birth of freedom and what can still be achieved through sacrifice and dedication to fundamental principles. You will make sure tomorrow’s leaders are taught Lincoln’s humane ideals. You will preserve the treasures of the past and share the heroism found in the stories of Lincoln and of so many others who saved our democracy.
Donate today and we can share Lincoln’s vision for peace and equality with tomorrow’s leaders for the next 157 years and beyond. We hope to see you soon at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum where you can proudly share in the inspiration that you will provide for students and curious people of all ages.
The Board and Staff of ALPLF
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