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

  • 2016

    Suggested Remarks

    It’s an honor to stand in front of you and speak about something I hold so dearly…

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  • 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

  • 2016

    Veterans Day 2016

    First and foremost, let’s begin today by recognizing all those among us who have given themselves in service to the nation–our veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and reservists…

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  • 2015

    Veterans Day 2015

    I think it’s all too appropriate to begin by recognizing all our veterans, active-duty service members, Guardsmen and reservists present today…

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  • 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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