Before I start this speech, I’d like to get something off of my chest. Although my
brothers and my cousin are in the Armed Forces, I don’t want your sympathy and best wishes. You may ask yourself why and think that I don’t care about them, but the truth is, I’ve dealed with enough of people feeling sorry for me. They think that it’s terrible to have a family member in the Military but they don’t understand how great it is. To know that they’re helping to keep our world safe for us and our friends and family. Now, I want you to think, if you met the family of a fallen soldier or an active soldier on the street, what would you say to them?
The Purple Heart
We all have heard of the famous Purple Heart but do we actually know what it is? Well in these next few minutes, I’m going to explain to you what the Purple Heart is given for, how we came to have this medal, and the history behind it. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll learn something you never expected or something you saw coming right from the beginning.
Let’s start off with the history. The Purple Heart is the oldest known United States military decoration still in use. Most historians indicate that only three people received the Badge of Military Merit during the American Revolutionary War, all of them noncommissioned officers, and the only ones who received the award from General Washington himself.
It is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces. Introduced as the "Badge of Military Merit" by General George Washington in 1782.
The award had "broken service," as it was ignored for nearly 150 years until it was re-introduced on February 22, 1932, on the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. The medal’s plain inscription "FOR MILITARY MERIT" barely expresses its significance.
Next, what is the Purple Heart? Now this remarkable medal isn’t given just for being an excellent soldier. You have to work hard for medals, so why would this be any different. Although, I’m sure this medal isn’t expected most of the time. The Purple Heart is given for being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces. So far more than 1.7 million medals have been given.
I started to write this speech for a contest but I don't think it's very good. Any advice?
do you plan on going to the armed forces with them
what kind of speech is this?
Unless this is for something very serious, I would make it less factual.
Maybe throw in a joke or two?
In camp I had to make a speech at the end of the summer (oooooooh Camp, you changed my life dot dot dot) and I was dreading it, because I always get so bored by other people's speech so I worked on the humour and I got people laughing, which works out and can fool them into thinking your a good speaker. (From personal experience, I have no idea if you are or aren't a good speaker.)
Here's a way I'm going to start a speech off one day:
"Let's be honest, folks. I don't want to speak and you don't want to listen. But you do your best to listen and I'll try my best to talk.
Todays topic is Purple Hearts. Get comfortable, this might be a while. No, no, it won't be...."