Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, is considered
one of America's greatest presidents. He safely led the country
through some its darkest days -- those of the Civil War. When
the fighting between the North and the South ended and the
Union was preserved, Lincoln, a prolific writer, inspired
and healed the nation through his words of comfort and wisdom,
"...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." Through
word and deed, Lincoln gave to the nation a lifetime of service.
"With malice toward none and charity for all" he gave of himself
ultimately making the supreme sacrifice.
Through the Abraham Lincoln Spirit of America Award, the
Thirteen-Fifty Foundation honors individuals who, like Abraham
Lincoln, have demonstrated the spirit of America and their
commitment to the nation through active, purposeful citizenship
not only through deed, but also through word and unique artistry.