Proud to Be an American: Free Speech

I attended two Veteran’s Day programs today at our local middle and high school. I teared up both times. Taps nearly killed me with the haunting notes reverberating through the air in a reminder that our freedom has come at a steep price. (Thanks, ZP, you are a musical genius.)

We live in a country where we can openly express our opinions. Where we can actually talk with important people about important topics without fear of repercussions–physical, social or emotional. (Thanks, Mayor Ness, for the wonderful conversation between programs.)

I listened to two completely student-driven programs where students of all ages stood up and honored our troops of past and present with a passion, grace and articulation that would put many adults to shame.

Quite frankly, I am wowed by them.

Yet they didn’t succeed all on their own. Their freedom to speak openly was made possible by our veterans. I can only hope these youngsters will continue to honor these freedoms by exercising their right to speak loudly, honestly and passionately for the rest of their lives.

Thank you, Vets, for procuring this important freedom for your fellow citizens regardless of whether they support you or not.

And thank you, students, for supporting your hard-won freedoms by standing up and standing proud in an auditorium filled with your peers and community members. You truly rock!

And, of course, I couldn’t go through this whole spiel without asking every student of PAS who listened to the confidence of those speakers to consider joining speech.

Give voice to your passions, learn how to respect your rights and gain one of the most valuable life skills you can ever earn in your educational career. These courageous veterans fought so you could do just that.

See you at practice~

Dear readers, how do you feel about public speaking? Dear writers, are you comfortable enough in your skin to speak comfortably during book signings and interviews? If not, you may want to consider how to master this very important skill. If so, what tips can you share with fellow (potential) speakers to help ease their fears and set them on the path to verbal success?

Curious minds want to know!

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