The following speeches are designed for informational purposes or for your use as you plan for events such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and speaking engagements for general audiences.

Memorial Day

  • 2015

    Suggested Remarks

    It’s an honor to be here with you today as we come together to remember and to honor the service and sacrifice…

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  • 2014

    Suggested Remarks

    It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here with you all today as we come together in remembrance…

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  • 2013

    Suggested Remarks

    Across our nation this Memorial Day, our citizens and veterans will gather to pay homage to America’s finest men and women who gave their lives in defense of freedom.

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  • 2012

    Fallen, Never Forgotten

    “Today, out of all days, I hope that the American people can put aside their own personal strife and take time to remember those who are too often out of sight, out of mind: our brave military members who have put service before self…”

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  • 2011

    We Will Remember Them

    “If what President John F. Kennedy said is true: ‘A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers,’ there is no better place to do just that than here, right now, with all of you in this great nation of ours…”

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Veterans Day

  • 2014

    Veterans Day 2014

    All gave some, some gave all. This is a truth we veterans know above all others, as it remains with us for a lifetime.

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  • 2013

    Veterans Day 2013

    Many of you know that Veterans Day became a part of our American calendar in 1919, following the end of World War I. But many, many Novembers ago, right around this time in 1783, in Rocky Hill, New Jersey, just six years before he would serve as the first elected leader of this great nation…

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  • 2012

    Keeping Our Promises

    “I am proud to be an American, the greatest country in the world. It is our freedoms that make it so, and those freedoms were won and defended by veterans – the men and women who put the ideals of our country before themselves…”

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  • 2011

    Ten Years After 9/11

    “As we mark this day to honor veterans, we are remiss if we don’t use the occasion to reaffirm our commitment to the men and women who so honorably served and continue to sacrifice after their time in uniform has ended…”

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2013 Convention Speeches

2012 Convention Speeches

  • 2012

    Remarks of Barry Janinoski (Exec. Director, Washington)

    “National Commander Samuels, distinguished guests, and delegates to the 91st National Convention of the Disabled American Veterans: As Executive Director of National Service and Legislative Headquarters in Washington, it is an honor and a privilege to present this annual report to the membership…”

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  • 2012

    Remarks of Arthur H. Wilson (National Adjutant)

    “Together, we have won some important victories for veteran caregivers, women veterans, veterans employment, homeless veterans, veterans with mental health needs and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and PTSD…”

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  • 2012

    Remarks of Donald L. Samuels (National Commander)

    “Among the most exciting events during my year of service were visits to the White House to discuss veterans issues with President Obama and the First Lady. I was impressed that they consider veterans a national priority…”

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  • 2012

    Remarks of Larry Polzin (National Commander-Elect)

    “In 1971, I found myself in a tough place – The company that hired me after I was discharged from the Marine Corps five years earlier, suddenly turned its back on me when it was discovered that I needed open-heart surgery…”

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Other Speeches

  • 2015

    2015 Department Convention Speech

    The opportunity to stand before each of you today as your national guest is a tremendous honor for me…

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  • 2014

    2014 Department Convention Speech

    The opportunity to stand before each of you today as your national guest is a tremendous honor for me…

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  • 2013

    2013 Department Convention Speech

    It is a vital time for those of us dedicated to serving veterans.

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  • 2012

    2012 Department Convention Speech

    “Success in the arena of veterans advocacy is the direct result of the dedication of men and women like you. Your passion to serve your fellow disabled veterans and their families is exemplary…”

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  • 2011

    Pearl Harbor Fixture Speech

    “It’s difficult to believe there are so few Americans alive who remember the attack seven decades ago, and the course it set for our nation. The story of Pearl Harbor is more about the courage of men and women under fire than it is about bombs and battleships…”

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  • 2011

    2011 Department Convention Speech

    “It takes a lot of hard work to make that level of service possible. It requires dedicated volunteers, diligent Department and Chapter Service officers and our enhanced training and certification program…”

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