Essay on Farewell Speech By Michel De Montaigne

767 Words Sep 15th, 2015 4 Pages
Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to today’s ceremony and thank you for attending. I’m honored to be speaking with you today on such an important occasion. We’re here today to honor our service members and to remember their sacrifices they have made and the courage it take to defend honor, duty, country.

The writer Michel de Montaigne once said, “Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.”

We’re here today to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and to say thank you for their sacrifices. Thinking of the heroes who join us in this group today and those who are here only in spirit, a person can’t help but feel awed by the enormity of what we encounter. We stand in the midst of patriots and the family and friends of those who have nobly served.

I’d like to ask the service members and veterans who are here to stand.

Thank you for answering the call to duty. You have made our armed forces the most respected in the world. [Lead applause]

Please be seated.

Now I’d also like to ask the family member of any service member to stand. We know you have lived through difficult times and often taken the heavy load to keep the home fires burning. Thank you for what you’ve done.

[Lead applause]

Please be seated.

The service members we honor today came from all walks of life, but they shared several fundamental qualities. They possessed courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and…

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