2 M inute Commemorative Speech – Objectives & Instructions
1. Create a speech that is short, eloquent, and commemoratively inspiring to all.
2. Commemorate or pay tribute to a person, group, institution, thing, idea or event.
3. Organize your thoughts and ideas so as to inspire your audience.
4. Use the richness and beauty of the English language to commemorate and inspire.
5. Learn to make a connection with your audience when delivering a speech.
Commemorative speeches are addresses of praise, tribute or celebration given with passion and sincerity.
Commemorative speeches pay tribute to a person, group, institution, thing, event or an idea. Eulogies, Fourth of July
speeches, testimonial addresses, and dedications are examples of commemorative speeches. The fundamental purpose
of a commemorative speech is to inspire the audience-to heighten their admiration for the person, group, institution, event,
thing/monument or idea being praised. Although it usually presents information about its subject, a commemorative
speech is different from an informative speech. The aim of an informative speech is to communicate information clearly
and accurately. The aim of a commemorative speech is to express feelings, arouse sentiments, and inspire. It is NOT j ust
a list of a persons achievements, accomplishments and/or background; it is much more.
Commemorative speeches depend above all on the creative and subtle use of language. Some of the most
memorable speeches in history are commemorative addresses that we continue to find meaningful because of
their eloquent expression. Two aspects of language use are especially important for commemorative speeches.
The first is avoiding cliches and trite sentiments. The second is utilizing stylistic devices such as those discussed
in class to enhance the imagery, rhythm, and creativity of the speech. (eg. - antithesis, “If you fail to
prepare–You prepare to fail.”).
Use the following tips of...