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I need to write a commemorative speech for my speech class and I have never seen or...

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niknakpattywak | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 10, 2010 at 5:14 AM via web

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I need to write a commemorative speech for my speech class and I have never seen or heard a commemorative speech. Please Help!!!

I was hopeing to get some ideas and tips. It has to be about someone that was once in our lives, but is no longer arround and it must ask the question "If I had onemore day with you, what would I do?"

I have never had anyone awfuly close to me pass away or leave my life! So as you can see this is extremely difficult for me. Please Help!!!

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 10, 2010 at 11:53 PM (Answer #1)

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As you have figured out, a commemorative speech honors a person or event. It is often given on the anniversary of the event (such as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address speech) or sometimes at an event held to honor a person. In your case, your speech must commemorate someone that was once in your life, but no longer is, and you say that you don't have such a person in your life. So, how about choosing to write about some famous person that has died. Even though you may not have known this person personally, you can still commemorate him or her for the contribution he or she made to society. For example, in 2009, Edward Kennedy died. You could write a speech commemorating his contributions to American society. If you do some research, you can find out about these contributions and write a pretty powerful speech, I would imagine.

In 2008, Michael DeBakey died. He was a pioneering cardiovascular surgeon that made huge contributions to heart surgery. You could write about him. Or, you could go back further in time and choose a famous person that you admire and write a commemorative speech about that person.

If you search online for "people who died in ____" and plug in a year, you will find lists of people that died in any given year. Perhaps someone in that list is one that you admired, and you will have your subject. Perhaps you admire a famous musician or actor who has died. What would you do if you could spend one last day with that person?

Next, you can write about what one thing you would do with this person if you could bring him or her back to life for one more day. Was there something in the person's life that was left unfinished when they died? Perhaps this will help.

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