Nov. 19 marks 158 years since President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. His remarks not only dedicated that battlefield as a burial ground for the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives, but also reiterated the foundational standards found in the Declaration of Independence. Lincoln confidently asserted that this nation was “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” This was the intention of the founders and is a truth that has led to freedom, prosperity and equality in the United States of America.

On this day, more than a century and a half later, let us remember what happened at Gettysburg and what Lincoln said there, especially his call to action: “… 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.”

Seth Anderson