Commemorative Speech

Topics: Michigan, 2006 albums, Family Pages: 2 (631 words) Published: January 1, 2013
Commemorative Speech

Specific Purpose: to give tribute to my father, Roger Heck. Central Idea: This speech is to commemorate my father and to recognize him for inspiring me to be the person I am today.


I. I often think about how lucky I am to have the opportunity to further my education and ultimately further my life success. II. I tribute most of this to my dad, Roger Heck.
III. He has given me every opportunity to be whoever I want to be. A. My dad has taught me invaluable lessons that have paved the road for success. IV. I would like to take this time to commemorate my father and to show the inspiration he has given me to be the best I can be.

(Transition: Let me explain the background of this amazing man.)


I. My dad was born May 28,1948, in a little farming town in Michigan. B. My family, before my dad, were farmers and knew only the life of farming. C. My dad learned all the values of hard work and determination. 1. The goal was the bottom line in just getting the job done no matter what. 2. His childhood was filled with work and not much time to be a kid. II. But, my father wanted more in his life than the farm. A. He wanted a college education.

B. At this time, he married my mom at eighteen years old, a relationship that has stood the test of time. III. Despite much contesting from his family, he left for Central Michigan University and began the life he wanted. IV. After college at Central Michigan, he went on to the Air Force. C. The decision to go to the Air Force was a big one and one that he considers changing who he is. D. The Air Force gave him the confidence to take on anything that’s thrown his way. E. According to the Air Force’s mission statement the Air Force’s shares “commitment to three values: Integrity first, service before self, and Excellence in all we do.” F. My dad has truly expressed these values...
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