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15 Great Speeches to Remind America what Independence Day is About

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This year we will celebrate the 244 th anniversary of American independence. This day does not only represent the creation of a new nation, but the creation of a new civilization, one founded on the principles of freedom, self-government, and equality. Here are 15 speeches to inspire new vigor for our founding principles. Looking at who and what we were will help us remember who and what we ought to be.

1. Patrick Henry, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” 1775

Patrick Henry gave this speech in 1775 at the Virginia Convention. It took place only a few months after the assembly of the first Continental Congress had sent King George III a petition for the redress of grievances. Boston Harbor was also blockaded by the British in retaliation for the Boston Tea Party. Tensions were high, revolution seemed inevitable, but still many political leaders in Virginia held out hope that the relationship with Great Britain could be restored. Patrick Henry sought to dispel them of that notion.

Patrick Henry was a lawyer and had a reputation as one of the greatest opponents of British taxation. In this speech he argues passionately for independence. He made his case clear in the opening of his speech stating, “For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery…” He chides the assembly for indulging in “illusions of hope” for passively waiting “to be betrayed with a kiss” and for falling prey to the siren songs of the British.

He reminds the assembly of the lengths the colonists have gone to in order to plead their case to the British, “We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.” He then states how the British have received such outreach, “Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne.”

Next is Henry’s powerful call to action, a call that would galvanize the colonies into declaring independence from Great Britain:

In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of Hosts is all that is left us! … Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave… There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come. It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Read Patrick’s entire speech . Watch Patrick’s speech on YouTube .

2. Samuel Adams, “On American Independence” 1776

Samuel Adams was a delegate to the First Continental Congress in 1774, was a Signer of the Declaration of Independence, helped get the Constitution ratified in the Massachusetts Convention, and became Governor of Massachusetts in 1794.

In this speech Adams recognizes that this was not simply a battle that would determine the fate of two nations, but the fate of the world at large. He declared, “Courage, then, my countrymen; our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.”

Adams notes the ability of men to “deliberately and voluntarily” form for themselves a political society. He cites John Hampden, John Locke, and Algernon Sidney whose ideas and actions paved the way for such a feat. Of this new founding he states:

Other nations have received their laws from conquerors; some are indebted for a constitution to the suffering of their ancestors through revolving centuries. The people of this country, alone, have formally and deliberately chosen a government for themselves, and with open and uninfluenced consent bound themselves into a social compact. Here no man proclaims his birth or wealth as a title to honorable distinction, or to sanctify ignorance and vice with the name of hereditary authority. He who has most zeal and ability to promote public felicity, let him be the servant of the public. This is the only line of distinction drawn by nature. Leave the bird of night to the obscurity for which nature intended him, and expect only from the eagle to brush the clouds with his wings and look boldly in the face of the sun.

He like Patrick Henry then gives a call to action:

We have no other alternative than independence, or the most ignominious and galling servitude. The legions of our enemies thicken on our plains; desolation and death mark their bloody career, while the mangled corpses of our countrymen seem to cry out to us as a voice from heaven.

Lastly, Adams ends his address declaring the people of America the guardians of their own liberty. Then with an ode to the ancient Roman republic he ends stating, “Nothing that we propose can pass into a law without your consent. Be yourselves, O Americans, the authors of those laws on which your happiness depends.”

You can read Samuel Adams' full speech .

3. John Quincy Adams, “An Address Celebrating the Declaration of Independence” 1821

Painting of John Quincy Adams.

Adams begins the speech recounting the first settlers of the Plymouth colony and how they entered into a written covenant with one another on the eve of their landing. Of this event he states,

Thus was a social compact formed upon the elementary principles of civil society, in which conquest and servitude had no part. The slough of brutal force was entirely cast off; all was voluntary; all was unbiased consent; all was the agreement of soul with soul.

Adams continues to trace America’s historical and political development throughout the speech. He recalls how the British mistreated the colonists from the beginning, citing how Britain went against its own ideas and principles in denying the colonists representation and consent. He states, “For the independence of North America, there were ample and sufficient causes in the laws of moral and physical nature.”

Adams’ ode to the Declaration of Independence is most worth reading:

It was the first solemn declaration by a nation of the only legitimate foundation of civil government. It was the corner stone of a new fabric, destined to cover the surface of the globe. It demolished at a stroke the lawfulness of all governments founded upon conquest. It swept away all the rubbish of accumulated centuries of servitude. It announced in practical form to the world the transcendent truth of the unalienable sovereignty of the people. It proved that the social compact was no figment of the imagination; but a real, solid, and sacred bond of the social union. From the day of this declaration, the people of North America were no longer the fragment of a distant empire, imploring justice and mercy from an inexorable master in another hemisphere. They were no longer children appealing in vain to the sympathies of a heartless mother; no longer subjects leaning upon the shattered columns of royal promises, and invoking the faith of parchment to secure their rights. They were a nation, asserting as of right, and maintaining by war, its own existence. A nation was born in a day. […] [T]hat a new civilization had come, a new spirit had arisen on this side of the Atlantic more advanced and more developed in its regard for the rights of the individual than that which characterized the Old World. Life in a new and open country had aspirations which could not be realized in any subordinate position. A separate establishment was ultimately inevitable. It had been decreed by the very laws of human nature. Man everywhere has an unconquerable desire to be the master of his own destiny.

Adams goes on to pronounce that the Declaration was more than the “mere secession of territory” and the “establishment of a nation.” No, these things have occurred before, but the Declaration of Independence not only liberated America but ennobled all of humanity, he stated. 

You can read John Quincy Adams' entire speech here .

  4. Daniel Webster “Speech at the laying of the cornerstone of the capitol,” July 4, 1851.

Daniel Webster was one of the most prominent lawyers in the 19 th century, arguing over 200 cases before the Supreme Court. He also represented New Hampshire and Massachusetts in Congress and was Secretary of State under three presidents. Webster is also known for his speech in Congress, called the Second Reply to Hayne, which derided the theory of nullification espoused by John C. Calhoun.

Webster’s speech on the occasion of laying the Capital building’s cornerstone had a patriotic tone, He begins with the celebratory declaration, “This is America! This is Washington! And this the Capitol of the United States!”

Of the Founding generation Webster stated,

The Muse inspiring our Fathers was the Genius of Liberty, all on fire with a sense of oppression, and a resolution to throw it off; the whole world was the stage and higher characters than princes trod it… how well the characters were cast, and how well each acted his part…

He went on to speak about the tremendous sacrifice the men who signed the Declaration paid. “It was sealed in blood,” he stated. Of the liberty that the Founding generation bestowed upon successive generations Webster said,

Every man’s heart swells within him; every man’s port and bearing becomes somewhat more proud and lofty, as he remembers that seventy-five years have rolled away, and that the great inheritance of liberty is still his; his undiminished and unimpaired; his in all its original glory’ his to enjoy’ his to protect; and his to transmit to future generations.

Finally, Webster made clear that American liberty is unique among nations,

I have said, gentlemen, that our inheritance is an inheritance of American liberty. That liberty is characteristic, peculiar, and altogether our own. Nothing like it existed in former times, nor was known in the most enlightened States of antiquity; while with us its principles have become interwoven into the minds of individual men… […] And, finally another most important part of the great fabric of American liberty is, that there shall be written constitutions, founded on the immediate authority of the people themselves, and regulating and restraining all the powers conferred upon Government, whether legislative, executive, or judicial.

You can read Daniel Webster's entire speech here .

5. Frederick Douglass, “What to the slave is the 4 th of July?”  July 5, 1852

Statue of Frederick Douglass.

He spoke about the Founding Fathers as men of courage who “preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage.” Of the “fathers of this republic” he said, “They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory.”

Drawing a contrast between the Founders and the men of his generation advocating the positive good of slavery Douglass stated,

They believed in order; but not in the order of tyranny. With them, nothing was “settled” that was not right. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were “final;” not slavery and oppression. You may well cherish the memory of such men. They were great in their day and generation. Their solid manhood stands out the more as we contrast it with these degenerate times.

Douglass encouraged Americans to celebrate the Declaration as the ring-bolt to the chains of the United Sates’ destiny. “The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost,” he stated.

Douglass then rightly points out that America was not living up to its own ideals as laid out in the Declaration when it came to the millions of black men and women still enslaved. He stated,

Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?

Of Slavery’s effects on the American union he declared, “It fetters your progress; it is the enemy of improvement, the deadly foe of education; it fosters pride; it breeds insolence; it promotes vice; it shelters crime; it is a curse to the earth that supports it…”

He goes on to explain that this anniversary does not yet include black men and women. He stated, “The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me.” Yet Douglass was optimistic that this would soon change. He called the Constitution a “GLORIOUS LIBERTY DOCUMENT.” He exhorted the assembly to consider the Constitution’s preamble and ask themselves if slavery was listed as one of its purposes.

He finished his momentous speech by saying, 

Allow me to say, in conclusion, notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation, which must inevitably work the downfall of slavery. “The arm of the Lord is not shortened,” and the doom of slavery is certain. I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from the Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age.

You can read Frederick Douglass' entire speech here .

6. Abraham Lincoln, Electric Cord Speech, 1858

In this speech often titled, “Speech at Chicago, Illinois” Abraham Lincoln replies to Senator Stephen Douglas’ conception of popular sovereignty. This was a theory that argued that each new territory should be able to decide whether or not to have slavery within their borders instead of allowing the federal government to decide. Lincoln saw this as a repeal of the Missouri Compromise which kept slavery relegated to the South.

To make his case against popular sovereignty and the expansion of slavery Lincoln argues that the adopters of the Constitution decreed that slavery should not go into the new territory and that the slave trade should be cut off within twenty years by an act of Congress. “What were [these provisions] but a clear indication that the framers of the Constitution intended and expected the ultimate extinction of that institution,” Lincoln asked the crowd.

After expounding upon the evils of slavery and recent actions to preserve the institution Lincoln turns to the Declaration of Independence for support. He stated,

We hold this annual celebration to remind ourselves of all the good done in this process of time of how it was done and who did it, and how we are historically connected with it; and we go from these meetings in better humor with ourselves—we feel more attached the one to the other and more firmly bound to the country we inhabit. In every way we are better men in the age, and race, and country in which we live for these celebrations. But after we have done all this we have not yet reached the whole. There is something else connected with it. We have besides these men—descended by blood from our ancestors—among us perhaps half our people who are not descendants at all of these men, they are men who have come from Europe—German, Irish, French and Scandinavian—men that have come from Europe themselves, or whose ancestors have come hither and settled here, finding themselves our equals in all things. If they look back through this history to trace their connection with those days by blood, they find they have none, they cannot carry themselves back into that glorious epoch and make themselves feel that they are part of us, but when they look through that old Declaration of Independence they find that those old men say that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” and then they feel that that moral sentiment taught in that day evidences their relation to those men, that it is the father of all moral principle in them, and that they have a right to claim it as though they were blood of the blood, and flesh of the flesh of the men who wrote that Declaration, (loud and long continued applause) and so they are. That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world.

You can read the entire Electric Cord speech here .

7. Abraham Lincoln, Address in Independence Hall, February 22, 1861

On Abraham Lincoln's inaugural journey to Washington as president-elect, he stopped in Philadelphia at the site where the Declaration of Independence had been signed. There he said,

I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. I have often pondered over the dangers which were incurred by the men who assembled here, and framed and adopted that Declaration of Independence. I have pondered over the toils that were endured by the officers and soldiers of the army who achieved that Independence. I have often inquired of myself, what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the separation of the Colonies from the motherland; but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is a sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence.

You can read the entire address in Independence Hall here .

8. Abraham Lincoln, Fragments on the Constitution and Union, January 1, 1861

This short selection is not part of Lincoln’s tome of public speeches. One theory is that Lincoln wrote it while composing his first inaugural address. It is noteworthy because of Lincoln’s argument that what is most important about America are the principles and ideals it was founded upon. That principle, he states, is “Liberty to all.”

The  expression  of that principle, in our Declaration of Independence, was most happy, and fortunate.  Without  this, as well as  with  it, we could have declared our independence of Great Britain; but  without  it, we could not, I think, have secured our free government, and consequent prosperity. No oppressed, people will  fight,  and  endure,  as our fathers did, without the promise of something better, than a mere change of masters. The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word, “fitly spoken” which has proved an “apple of gold” to us. The Union, and the Constitution, are the picture of silver, subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not to conceal, or destroy the apple; but to adorn, and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple–not the apple for the picture.

Read the entire Fragments on the Constitution and Union selection here .

9. Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

Aside from our original founding documents the Gettysburg address is perhaps the most important American creed ever written. It signifies America’s second founding or the moment our first founding more fully aligned with its own ideals. Since its decree America has begun to live in what Lincoln called “a new birth of freedom.” Here are selections from the address:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. […] It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

You can read the full Gettysburg Address here .

10. Winston Churchill, “The Third Great Title-Deed of Anglo-American Liberties” July 4, 1918

Statue of Winston Churchill.

A great harmony exists between the spirit and language of the Declaration of Independence and all we are fighting for now. A similar harmony exists between the principles of that Declaration and all that the British people have wished to stand for, and have in fact achieved at last both here at home and in the self-governing Dominions of the Crown. The Declaration of Independence is not only an American document. It follows on Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights as the third great title-deed on which the liberties of the English-speaking people are founded.

Read Churchill's entire speech here .

11. Calvin Coolidge, “Speech on the 150 th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 5 1926

 Calvin Coolidge, the 30 th president of the United States, was sworn in after President Harding’s unexpected death. Harding’s administration was steeped in scandal. Coolidge is known for restoring integrity to the executive branch by rooting out corruption and being a model of integrity.

Coolidge gave his Fourth of July Speech in Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation. There he pointed to the Liberty Bell as a great American symbol,

It is little wonder that people at home and abroad consider Independence Hall as hallowed ground and revere the Liberty Bell as a sacred relic. That pile of bricks and mortar, that mass of metal, might appear to the uninstructed as only the outgrown meeting place and the shattered bell of a former time, useless now because of more modern conveniences, but to those who know they have become consecrated by the use which men have made of them. They have long been identified with a great cause. They are the framework of a spiritual event.

Of the Declaration Coolidge stated,

It was not because it was proposed to establish a new nation, but because it was proposed to establish a nation on new principles, that July 4, 1776, has come to be regarded as one of the greatest days in history. Great ideas do not burst upon the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance. This is especially true of the principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence. Three very definite propositions were set out in its preamble regarding the nature of mankind and therefore of government. These were the doctrine that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that therefore the source of the just powers of government must be derived from the consent of the governed.

Of his trust in our Founding documents he said,

It is not so much, then, for the purpose of undertaking to proclaim new theories and principles that this annual celebration is maintained, but rather to reaffirm and reestablish those old theories and principles which time and the unerring logic of events have demonstrated to be sound. Amid all the clash of conflicting interests, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every American can turn for solace and consolation to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice remain firm and unshaken. Whatever perils appear, whatever dangers threaten, the Nation remains secure in the knowledge that the ultimate application of the law of the land will provide an adequate defense and protection.

Read Coolidge's full speech here .

12. John F. Kennedy, “Some Elements of the American Character” July 4, 1946

John F. Kennedy gave this speech as a candidate for Congress. In it he offers a robust defense of America’s founding. He lauds America’s religious character and derides the theory that America’s founders were concerned purely with economic interests. He explicitly states,

In recent years, the existence of this element in the American character has been challenged by those who seek to give an economic interpretation to American history. They seek to destroy our faith in our past so that they may guide our future. These cynics are wrong…

 Kennedy instead argues,

In Revolutionary times, the cry "No taxation without representation" was not an economic complaint. Rather, it was directly traceable to the eminently fair and just principle that no sovereign power has the right to govern without the consent of the governed. Anything short of that was tyranny. It was against this tyranny that the colonists "fired the shot heard 'round the world."

Kennedy then espouses a political theory of the American founding that relies on natural rights, 

The American Constitution has set down for all men to see the essentially Christian and American principle that there are certain rights held by every man which no government and no majority, however powerful, can deny. Conceived in Grecian thought, strengthened by Christian morality, and stamped indelibly into American political philosophy, the right of the individual against the State is the keystone of our Constitution. Each man is free.

You can read John F. Kennedy's full speech here .

13. Martin Luther King Jr., “I Have a Dream” 1963

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” is another great cry from another great man declaring that America was not living up to its founding principles.

King begins his speech by harkening back to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. He states, “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.” Yet, he argues, 100 years later black men and women are still not free. To right this wrong, he points to the Declaration,

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

King refused to believe that there was no hope. He said,

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

King’s dream inspired a nation to live up to its ideals. His beautiful words have become iconic,

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

 You can read and listen to "I Have a Dream" in full here .

14. Martin Luther King Jr. “The American Dream” Sermon Delivered at Ebenezar Baptist Church” July 4, 1965

In this sermon delivered on July 4, 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. locates the substance of the American dream within the Declaration of Independence. About the statement, “All men are created equal,” King states, “The first saying we notice in this dream is an amazing universalism. It doesn’t say “some men,” it says “all men.”

King goes on to explain to the congregation what separates the United States from other nations around the world.

 Then that dream goes on to say another thing that ultimately distinguishes our nation and our form of government from any totalitarian system in the world. It says that each of us has certain basic rights that are neither derived from or conferred by the state.

As the source of these inalienable rights King points to the fact that they are God-given. “Never before in the history of the world has a sociopolitical document expressed in such profound, eloquent, and unequivocal language the dignity and the worth of human personality,” he said.

King goes on to point out that America has not lived up to this dream. He describes America as being “divided against herself.” He argues that America cannot afford an “anemic democracy.”

He however professed hope that this dream will challenge America to remember her “noble capacity for justice and love and brotherhood.” He further challenged America to respect the “dignity and worth of all human personality” and to live up to the ideal that “all men are created equal.”

King clarifies that equality does not mean that every musician is a Mozart or every philosopher an Aristotle, but that all men are “equal in intrinsic worth.” He points to the Biblical concept of imago dei . He states, “[T]are no gradations in the image of God. Every man from a treble white to a bass black is significant on God’s keyboard, precisely because every man is made in the image of God. He ends his sermon with these powerful words,

We have a dream. It started way back in 1776, and God grant that America will be true to her dream. I still have a dream this morning that truth will reign supreme and all of God’s children will respect the dignity and worth of human personality. And when this day comes the morning stars will sing together and the sons of God will shout for joy.

Read Martin Luther King Jr.'s full sermon here .

15. Ronald Reagan, “Address to the Nation on Independence Day” July 4, 1986

Statue of Ronald Reagan.

In this speech Reagan recalls the moment of the signing of the Declaration,

Fifty-six men came forward to sign the parchment. It was noted at the time that they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors. And that was more than rhetoric; each of those men knew the penalty for high treason to the Crown. ``We must all hang together,'' Benjamin Franklin said, ``or, assuredly, we will all hang separately.'' And John Hancock, it is said, wrote his signature in large script so King George could see it without his spectacles. They were brave. They stayed brave through all the bloodshed of the coming years. Their courage created a nation built on a universal claim to human dignity, on the proposition that every man, woman, and child had a right to a future of freedom.

Reagan also talked about the beautiful friendship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. He noted how they died on the same day, July 4 th , exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was their first gift to us, Reagan said.

My fellow Americans, it falls to us to keep faith with them and all the great Americans of our past. Believe me, if there's one impression I carry with me after the privilege of holding for 5 ½ years the office held by Adams and Jefferson and Lincoln, it is this: that the things that unite us -- America's past of which we're so proud, our hopes and aspirations for the future of the world and this much-loved country -- these things far outweigh what little divides us. And so tonight we reaffirm that Jew and gentile, we are one nation under God; that black and white, we are one nation indivisible; that Republican and Democrat, we are all Americans. Tonight, with heart and hand, through whatever trial and travail, we pledge ourselves to each other and to the cause of human freedom, the cause that has given light to this land and hope to the world.

You can watch Ronald Reagan's speech here or read Reagan's speech here .

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Closing Remarks: Summarize key points. Inspirational Message: End with a hopeful and patriotic message.

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Good morning, everyone! Today, we gather to celebrate one of the most significant days in our nation’s history— Independence Day . On this day, 248 years ago, our Founding Fathers declared our freedom from British rule by signing the Declaration of Independence . This bold act marked the birth of the United States of America on July 4, 1776. Historical Context Let us take a moment to remember the incredible journey that led to this historic day. Brave men and women stood up against tyranny and fought tirelessly for the freedom we enjoy today. Figures like George Washington , Thomas Jefferson , and Benjamin Franklin played pivotal roles in shaping our nation’s future. Their courage and vision laid the foundation for the democracy and liberties we hold dear. Celebrating Freedom Today, we celebrate the freedom and independence that define our nation. We honor the sacrifices of those who fought in the Revolutionary War and the countless others who have defended our freedoms since. From the early settlers to the modern-day soldiers, each has contributed to the story of America. Patriotism and Unity Our strength as a nation comes from our unity and diversity. The United States is a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds. This diversity is not only our strength but also a testament to our nation’s founding principles of equality and justice for all. On this day, we celebrate what it means to be American and the shared values that unite us. Civic Responsibility Independence Day is not only about fireworks and parades; it’s also a reminder of our responsibilities as citizens. We must continue to uphold the values of freedom, justice, and democracy. Each of us has a role to play in shaping the future of our country. Let’s be inspired by the bravery of our ancestors and strive to make our nation even greater. Conclusion As we enjoy the festivities, let us reflect on the significance of this day and remember the sacrifices made for our freedom. Let’s carry forward the spirit of independence and work together towards a brighter future for all Americans. Thank you for being here today, and happy Independence Day!

Short US Independence Day Speech Example

Good morning, everyone! Today, we gather to celebrate the Fourth of July , our Independence Day . On this day in 1776, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence , marking the birth of our nation and our freedom from British rule. Historical Context We remember the bravery of heroes like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson , who fought tirelessly for our liberty. Their courage and vision laid the foundation for the United States of America. Celebrating Freedom Today, we honor their sacrifices and celebrate the freedom and democracy that define our country. Let’s remember the countless individuals who have defended these values throughout our history. Patriotism and Unity Our strength lies in our unity and diversity. As a nation of many cultures and backgrounds, we stand together, proud to be Americans. Civic Responsibility Independence Day is also a reminder of our responsibilities as citizens. Let’s uphold the values of freedom, justice, and democracy, and work together to make our country even greater. Conclusion As we enjoy the festivities, let’s reflect on the significance of this day and commit to contributing to a brighter future for all Americans. Thank you, and happy Independence Day!
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  • The Role of Patriots in the American Revolution
  • How the American Flag Became a Symbol of Freedom
  • Unity and Diversity: The American Melting Pot
  • The Evolution of Independence Day Celebrations
  • Patriotism and Civic Responsibility in Modern America
  • America’s Journey from 13 Colonies to 50 States
  • Land of the Free: The Importance of Individual Liberties
  • Reflecting on America’s Achievements and Innovations
  • Challenges Overcome Since the Birth of the Nation
  • The Future of American Democracy

How to Write US Independence Day Speech

Greeting : Start with a warm welcome to the audience.

Significance : Mention the importance of Independence Day.

Brief History : Summarize the events leading to independence.

Recognition : Honor the sacrifices and contributions of the founding fathers and other key figures.

4. Patriotism

Achievements : Highlight the nation’s achievements since independence.

5. Reflection

Challenges : Acknowledge ongoing challenges and areas for improvement.

6. Call to Action

Inspiration : Encourage the audience to contribute positively to the nation.

7. Conclusion

Summary : Recap the key points.

Closing : End with a motivating and patriotic statement.

Tips for US Independence Day Speech

  • Know Your Audience: Tailor your content to the interests and preferences of your audience.
  • Start with a Strong Greeting: Use a warm and enthusiastic greeting to engage your audience from the beginning.
  • Highlight the Significance: Briefly explain why Independence Day is important and what it commemorates.
  • Mention Key Historical Figures: Reference important figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to provide historical context.
  • Honor Sacrifices: Acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom and those who have defended it since.
  • Emphasize Patriotism: Speak about the pride and values of being an American, focusing on unity and diversity.
  • Incorporate Personal Stories or Quotes: Add a personal touch with relevant anecdotes or inspirational quotes from American leaders.
  • Keep It Concise: Ensure your speech is short and to the point, keeping the audience engaged throughout.
  • Use Clear and Simple Language: Avoid jargon and use language that is easy for everyone to understand.
  • Inspire Civic Responsibility: Encourage the audience to uphold democratic values and contribute positively to the community.

Uses of US Independence Day Speech

  • Commemorating Historical Events : A US Independence Day speech highlights the historical significance of July 4th. It recounts the events leading to independence, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, and the contributions of the Founding Fathers, reminding citizens of the nation’s roots.
  • Promoting National Unity : These speeches emphasize the importance of unity and solidarity among Americans. By reflecting on the collective effort that secured independence, they inspire citizens to work together for the common good, fostering a sense of belonging and community.
  • Honoring National Heroes : Independence Day speeches honor the sacrifices and contributions of national heroes and freedom fighters. They acknowledge the individuals who fought for freedom, ensuring their legacy is remembered and respected.
  • Inspiring Patriotism : The primary aim of these speeches is to evoke a sense of patriotism and national pride. They highlight the country’s achievements, values, and strengths, encouraging citizens to contribute positively to the nation’s development.
  • Addressing Current Issues : Leaders use Independence Day speeches to address current national issues and challenges. By discussing these topics, they can rally support, propose solutions, and inspire collective action to overcome difficulties.
  • Setting Future Goals : These speeches often outline the nation’s future goals and aspirations. Leaders use the occasion to present their vision for the country, motivating citizens to strive for progress and prosperity.
  • Educational Purpose : Independence Day speeches educate the younger generation about the significance of independence and the values of freedom, democracy, and justice. They serve as a reminder of the importance of preserving and upholding these values.
  • Strengthening Cultural Identity : These speeches celebrate the nation’s cultural heritage and identity. They recognize the diverse traditions and customs that contribute to the nation’s uniqueness, promoting cultural pride and inclusivity.
  • Encouraging Civic Responsibility : Independence Day speeches emphasize the role of citizens in maintaining and strengthening democracy. They encourage civic responsibility, active participation in governance, and adherence to national laws and principles.
  • Fostering International Relations : Leaders may use Independence Day speeches to address the international community, highlighting the country’s diplomatic achievements and its role in global affairs. This fosters goodwill and strengthens international relations.

What is the significance of US Independence Day?

US Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, marking America’s independence from British rule.

Why do people give speeches on Independence Day?

People give speeches on Independence Day to celebrate freedom, honor the nation’s history, and inspire patriotism among citizens.

What themes are common in Independence Day speeches?

Common themes include freedom, patriotism, sacrifice, national unity, and the importance of democracy.

How can one start an Independence Day speech?

You can start an Independence Day speech with a powerful quote, historical fact, or personal anecdote related to American independence.

What historical figures are often mentioned in Independence Day speeches?

Speeches often mention figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and other Founding Fathers.

Why is the Declaration of Independence important in speeches?

The Declaration of Independence is important because it embodies the principles of freedom and democracy that the day celebrates.

How do you conclude an Independence Day speech?

Conclude with a strong, inspiring statement that reinforces patriotic sentiments and encourages civic participation.

What is the role of veterans in Independence Day speeches?

Veterans are often honored for their service and sacrifice in preserving the nation’s freedom.

How can one incorporate current events into an Independence Day speech?

You can highlight how current events reflect the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality, drawing parallels to the nation’s founding ideals.

Why is public speaking important on Independence Day?

Public speaking is important as it unites people, reinforces national pride, and educates citizens about their history and values.

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Today at Rev on the 4th of July we’d like to honor one of the greatest fake presidents of all time, who gave one of the greatest fake presidential speeches of all time, on the greatest fake Independence Day of all time. Happy 4th of July Bill Pullman, aka President Thomas J. Whitmore!

President Whitmore: ( 00:00 ) Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour aircrafts from here will join others from around the world and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind.

President Whitmore: ( 00:22 ) Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July and you will once again be fighting for our freedom not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution but from annihilation.

President Whitmore: ( 00:56 ) We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist, and should we win today the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday but as the day when the world declared in one voice,

President Whitmore: ( 01:14 ) “We will not go quietly into the night. We will not vanish without a fight. We’re going to live on. We’re going to survive. Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”

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Independence Day Speech in English, 15 August 2024 Celebration Starts

This essay provides insights on Independence Day Speech in English which covers short and long speech that are useful for today's younger generation of India to invoke patriotism and nationalism.

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Independence Day Speech

The path to independence requires sacrifice and determination. As students, it is your responsibility to make the most of the opportunities you have as a way to honour those sacrifices. This year on 15th August 2024, India is celebrating 77 years of freedom from British colonial rule and rejoices in the liberty attained as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav 2024’. Institutions, Schools, and colleges gear up to commemorate this day with the theme, ‘Nation First, Always First’ for this year. Although there is so much to talk about our independence and the struggles faced by our freedom fighters, we have penned down important highlights on how the 77th Independence Day speech in English should be delivered in a genuine manner.

Independence Day Speech in English

Independence Day serves as a reminder that despite our differences in culture, language, and tradition, we are all one nation. This year ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav 2024’ is planned to be celebrated with great zeal. Kids and children get dressed up as famous leaders and freedom fighters to give speeches on this great day. The speech should focus on highlighting and covering all important points regarding the independence of India, the freedom struggle, great leaders and much more. In this essay, we have provided a few examples of how a thought-provoking Independence Day speech can be framed and delivered effectively in front of a huge crowd.

Last year, PM Narendra Modi’s address the nation with his Independence Day Speech at Red Fort, New Delhi. He wishes the nation for 77th Independance Day and shares his commendable thoughts. Read complete PM Narendra Modi’s 15th August Speech .

Independence Day is celebrated on 15th August every year , the day India attained freedom from about 200 years of British colonial rule. This special day is not just a celebration of the past but it upholds the spirits of liberty and democracy for the years to come and instigates patriotic fervour in every Indian’s heart and mind. To remember all those sacrifices and struggles of our famous leaders, the citizens of India gather themselves to hoist the flag, take part in cultural events and deliver speeches on Independence Day. To encourage the younger generation of India, who grow as responsible citizens in the future, children are asked to deliver an Indian Independence Day Speech in English on topics related to Indian independence, freedom struggle, patriotism, freedom fighters of India , I love India, etc.

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Samples of 15 August Speech in English

Below are a few samples we have provided that kids, students and youngsters can refer to before preparing for a productive speech in English. Children can read this passage and take some key points to present an inspiring speech to the audience. The short Independence Day Speech in English guide primary level students to prepare a short and simple yet meaningful speech. The sample of the long 15 August Speech in English we have provided covers much more important information on all aspects of the freedom struggle. Students are advised to go through the samples for Speeches on Independence Day carefully.

Sample 1- Short Indian Independence Day Speech in English for Kids

Good morning everyone!

Good morning and Happy 77th Independence Day to My respected teachers and dear friends.

Today as we celebrate 77th Independence Day, we should feel proud to be a part of an Independent nation where we have freedom of speech, and freedom to live life in our own way.

India achieved independence on 15th August 1947, it is the day India became free from the British rule for almost 200 years and after a continuous struggle by our freedom fighters.

On this day, the national flag was unfurled and hoisted on Red Fort Delhi by our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Since then we are celebrating Independence Day every year in every government department, school, and college.

So, today on this special day let’s take the pledge and make a promise to ourselves that we will always protect our country, by maintaining brotherhood, helping everyone, and educating ourselves.

At last, I again wish you all a happy Independence Day and hope together we can build a wonderful nation.

Sample 2- Indian Independence Day Speech in English for Youngsters

Good Morning my dear citizens of India!

We all have gathered here to celebrate the zeal of the 77th anniversary of Independence Day. Best wishes to everyone and special thanks to everyone for providing me with an opportunity to address everyone on this special day to deliver a patriotic and meaningful speech.

As we all know the 15th of August in 1947 is an important day in Indian History, a day of honour and pride for every Indian Citizen. It is the day when our India got its freedom from almost 200 years of British reign. So, what is actually ‘Freedom’ from British rule? Freedom literally means attaining liberty, for India, it means the day the nation became free or relieved from the dominant British rule and attained Independence.

Several revolutionists and freedom fighters sacrificed their lives to free our nation from the miserable British Empire. We all should be proud and fortunate that our history has got so many revolutionists, freedom fighters and leaders who have not only uprooted Britishers from Indian soil but also saved future generations to promote the growth and development of India, its culture and heritage.

Right from the year of Independence, 1947 from the current year, the Nation is making progress in each and every sector such as sports, education, technology, and military powers. The president and leaders of other Nations also proudly speak about India’s fame and power as a democratic nation and emerging developed Nation. The military power of India today is so impressive that it serves as a model for other nations around the globe, and no nation dares to look directly at India. Our Indian army is so brave that they are continuously fighting on borders in order to protect our country from any terrorist group.

To conclude, all that can be said is the freedom we enjoy today is priceless and it is the duty of every Indian citizen to preserve this Independence of our Nation. So we should never fail to value this freedom and preserve it wholeheartedly.

Let’s all take pride in uttering,

Jai Hind! Vande Mataram!

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77th Independence Day Speech in English-Tips to Follow

To deliver an effective 15 August Speech in English, school and college students should follow all the important tips mentioned below:

  • Know  Your Audience- You can prepare your speech and modify them to put forth the words in a better way depending on your audience.
  • Practice makes a man Perfect- Practicing the speech several times improves confidence and helps you rectify some errors.
  • Researching on topics- Make sure you do proper research on the topic you choose so that you deliver a relevant and accurate speech.
  • Highlight some facts – Adding actual facts to your speech makes it more interesting and the audience tends to give their ears more on what is conveyed.
  • Avoid lengthy topics – Make the speech crisp, short and simple and topics are also chosen accordingly.
  • Include Freedom Fighters- Talk more about freedom fighters and how they sacrificed their lives and fought for the nation to get independence.

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Independence Day Speech in English-FAQs

Q1. what is the importance of independence day speech in english.

Ans. As a mark of remembrance of freedom struggle and freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives, younger generation of India, who grow as responsible citizens in the future, children are asked to deliver independence day speeches in English on topics related to Indian independence, freedom struggle, patriotism, freedom fighters of India, I love India, etc.,

Q2. What covers in Indian Independence Day Speech in English for Kids?

Ans. The short Independence Day Speech in English guide primary level students to prepare a short and simple yet meaningful speech on India's independence, freedom fighters and future India.

Q3. What are the tips to be followed to deliver effective 15 August Speech in English for kids and students?

Ans. The tips to be followed to deliver effective 15 August Speech in English are to know about audience crowd, practice speech to improve your confidence while facing audience crowd, doing proper research on topic you have chosen, cut-short the speech and make it simple, relevant and accurate, talking more about freedom fighters.

Q4. Which anniversary of Independence India is celebrating this year?

Ans. India is celebrating its 77th Independence Day anniversary this 15th August 2024.

Q5. When is Independence Day celebrated?

Ans: Independence day is celebrated on August 15 every year.

Q6. Why is Independence Day Celebrated?

Ans: We celebrate Independence day to commemorate its freedom from British rule on August 15, 1947. It marks the end of colonialism and the birth of a sovereign nation.

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Independence Day 2023 Speech: Long & Short Speech in English on 15 August Swatantrata Diwas

Speech on independence day 2023: this year marks the 77th  anniversary of the country’s independence. read this article to find some creative samples of short and long speeches for special occasions..

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Independence Day Speech 2023: Indian Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 each year to mark the country's freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. It's a momentous occasion filled with patriotic fervour, flag hoisting, cultural events, and speeches by leaders. Citizens come together to remember the sacrifices of freedom fighters and reaffirm their commitment to a united, progressive, and inclusive India.

All kinds of public and private organizations enthusiastically observe Independence Day. Several competitions, including ones for speeches, singing, and dancing, are scheduled for the celebration. Check out the list of independence day speech samples below if you're still looking for ideas.

Independence Day Speech Topics/Ideas

  • The Significance of Independence Day: Celebrating Our Journey to Freedom
  • Unity in Diversity: How Independence Day Unites Us as a Nation
  • Preserving Freedom: The Responsibilities of Citizenship
  • From Struggle to Success: Lessons from Our Independence Heroes
  • Building a Better Future: The Vision for Our Better India

5 Proven Tips For An Impressive Speech

  • Know Your Audience
  • Craft a strong opening
  • Structure your speech
  • Use Stories and Emotions
  • Practice and Rehearse

Independence Day 2023: Short Speech

Ladies and gentlemen,

Indian Independence Day is being commemorated today as one of the most important dates in the history of our magnificent country. We celebrate this day with pride as we reflect on the numerous sacrifices made by our ancestors to free our nation from colonial tyranny.

We honour visionary leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, and countless others who led the fight for liberation with unyielding tenacity and bravery on this auspicious day. As we enjoy the priceless gift of independence and sovereignty because of their unceasing labour and sacrifice.

As we hoist the tricolour, we must also pause to consider the ideals and guiding tenets of our independence movement: inclusion, diversity, and unity. To develop a more powerful and affluent India, individuals from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions have come together in our nation as it stands today.

While we celebrate our independence, we must be aware of the difficulties that still lie ahead. We must work to end social inequities, poverty, and illiteracy. Let's join to fight communalism, corruption, and any other forces that jeopardise the peace in our country.

As accountable citizens, let us promise to do everything in our power to advance and build our cherished nation. Let's defend the values of democracy, equality, and justice in remembrance of the sacrifices made by our freedom warriors.

Let's celebrate our freedom on this Independence Day, but let's also keep in mind our obligations and responsibilities to India's future. Together, we can make India a nation that excels internationally and continues to inspire the rest of the globe.

Jai Hind! Happy Independence Day!

Good morning to all of you, including the vice president, instructors, principal, and my dear students. To celebrate the 77th anniversary of our country's independence, we have all assembled here. We shall honour all the freedom fighters who dedicated their lives to preserve the nation's freedom on this important occasion.

British sovereignty over India ended on August 15, 1947. All of our fundamental rights were granted to us in our nation, our home. The British were brutal to our ancestors while they were in power. We can't imagine how difficult it must have been for India to live within the British Empire from where we are sitting. To achieve independence, countless millions of sacrifices were made over many years.

Numerous freedom fighters fought for independence throughout their entire lives. We can never forget the sacrifices of Lala Lajpat Rai, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Rani Lakshmibai, Khudiram Bose, Sukhdev Thapar, Vallabhbhai Patel, Mangal Pandey, Tatya Tope, Ram Prasad Bismil, Udham Singh, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, and many more who lost their lives just fighting for a better future.

We are incredibly grateful that our forebears battled to free us from British rule. They have contributed to our tremendous growth in the areas of technology, education, sports, and finance. With participation in competitions like the Asian, Commonwealth, and Olympic Games, the Indians are making progress. 

On this significant day, it is now our responsibility to maintain the nation's honour, promote the nation, and enhance the nation. I wish everyone a Happy Independence Day and good luck for the future. 

Thank You and Happy Independence Day to all of you!

Good Morning to all dignitaries and fellow mates who are present here. 

On the eve of Independence Day, we honour the bravery and sacrifices of our Indian freedom heroes. When India became independent, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, our first Prime Minister, raised the tricolour flag at Delhi's Red Fort and Lahori Gate. This day has been observed as a separate holiday ever since. Numerous programs are dedicated in honour of the solemn occasion of the day during our Indian warriors' Red Fort-like march past, and schoolchildren fire 21 gunshots to signal the start of events and cultural performances. The Independence Day celebration also includes kite flying, which fills the sky with a variety of kites in all sizes, shapes, and colours. Later, starting in 1974, all of the various chief ministers unfurl the national flag.

The anniversary of the division of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan is another contemporary relevance of Independence Day. We are known for having the biggest democracy in the world. The UK Parliament approved the Indian Independence Act of 1947 on this day, granting the Indian country legislative authority.

Hope my words are enough to elate your happiness and patriotism. Happy Independence Day!

77th Independence Day 2023: Long Speech

Respected dignitaries, esteemed teachers, dear fellow students, and fellow citizens,

Today, as we gather here to commemorate the 76th Indian Independence Day, our hearts swell with pride and gratitude for the countless brave souls who fought relentlessly to liberate our beloved motherland from the clutches of British colonial rule.

The end of foreign rule and the start of a new era in Indian history are both marked by this day. It stands for the triumph of bravery, teamwork, and the tenacious spirit of the Indian people. Our fight for independence was more than just a political movement; it was a battle for our right to self-determination, fairness, and human decency.

We respectfully recall the inspirational leaders who guided us on this difficult road. The way of non-violence and civil disobedience, which became the pillar of our struggle, was demonstrated to us by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our country. Our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, laid the groundwork for the development of our country by envisioning a modern, forward-thinking India.

The key to realising our country's potential is education. Let's work to ensure that every child, regardless of circumstance, has access to an education. Not only is knowledge liberating, but it also lays the groundwork for a successful future.

Rural development must be given top priority in order to provide residents with access to necessities like clean water, healthcare, and sanitary facilities. By empowering our villages, we can achieve sustainable, balanced growth that benefits all of our citizens.

One of our biggest assets is our variety. Let's celebrate our variety and embrace our rich cultural heritage on this Independence Day. Together, we are stronger, and India stands out on the international stage because of its variety.

Lastly, let us never forget how difficult and costly it was to achieve our independence. As proud Indians, it is our responsibility to uphold the democratic, secular, and socially just ideals that our forefathers envisioned. Let's promise to be law-abiding, caring, and environmentally conscientious citizens who help our amazing country flourish and prosper.

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Good Morning to one and all present here! We are here on this 77th Independence Day to educate the next generation about colonial rule, our proud liberation fighters, and their courage. On this day, we put aside our cultural differences and came together as true Indians. Young people need to be aware because they have the power to alter their country and the future of the country rests on them. Therefore, it is our responsibility to serve the country and work as hard as we can to improve society.

Nationalism and patriotism are present across the nation as a result of this day's commemoration. On this day, we also sense our pride and solidarity in the nation's diversity. India is a nation of people who practise several religions alongside one another, and a diversified society with a rich culture and heritage applauds this wonderful occasion with tremendous enthusiasm. We are happy, and it gives us greater motivation to defend our motherland against any assault on its sovereignty and integrity.

We the people can't miss taking some prominent freedom fighters without whom the dream of our independence was not possible including Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Sukhdev, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Chandra Shekhar Azad, etc. Because of his sacrifice and labour, our nation is free from British rule. This is the day when every individual pays tribute to our freedom fighters and leaders.

Independence Day is celebrated differently around the world, but its value is universal. It serves as both a poignant reminder of the difficulties and sacrifices made in pursuit of freedom as well as a celebration of the advancements gained over the years. Therefore, remember to carry out your responsibilities to the country.

Happy Independence Day 2023!

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On this Indian Independence Day, team Jagran Josh for a nation that continues to prosper and grow, upholding its diversity and unity. May the spirit of freedom inspire us to work towards a more inclusive and harmonious society. Let's honour the sacrifices of our heroes by contributing to India's progress and well-being. Happy Independence Day! Jai Hind!

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77th Independence Day Speech for Kids

We celebrate Indian Independence Day every year on 15 August as a national holiday in India to commemorate the independence of the nation from the British on 15 August 1947. This was the day when the Indian Independence Act of 1947 came into effect, which transferred the legislative sovereignty to the Indian Constituent Assembly. This year, India is celebrating its 77th  Independence Day 2023 as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav 2023.’

Students can also find Independence Day Long and Short Speech in English here.

Long and Short Independence Day Speech in English for Students

Long independence day speech for students in english.

Good Morning Everyone!

Greetings on this momentous occasion of India's Independence Day! Today, we gather to celebrate the remarkable journey of our nation towards freedom and sovereignty. This year, the 77th Indian Independence Day 2023 is being celebrated as ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, It's a day that echoes with the sacrifices of countless heroes who fought tirelessly for our liberty. 

As we look back, August 15, 1947, marked the end of British colonial rule, and India emerged as a sovereign nation. Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Indian Prime Minister to raise the National Flag at the Red Fort near Delhi's Lahore Gate. Our struggle for independence was not just a political movement; it was a testament to the indomitable spirit of our people. From the non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi to the bravery of countless others, we stood united in our quest for self-determination.

On this auspicious day, let us remember and pay homage to those who laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. Their sacrifices have paved the way for the India we know today – diverse, vibrant, and resilient.

Independence Day is not just about the past; it's also a time to reflect on the present and envision our future. As citizens of this great nation, we bear the responsibility of upholding the principles of justice, equality, and fraternity. Let us work together to build a society where every individual has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their background.

In the face of challenges, let us draw inspiration from the unity that defined our struggle for independence. Our diversity is our strength, and by embracing it, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way.

As we hoist our national flag today, let it be a symbol of our shared aspirations and commitment to a better tomorrow. Just like the color of our flag represents:

Saffron signifying courage and sacrifice

White signifies peace and truth

Green signifies faith and chivalry

Happy Independence Day to one and all! Jai Hind!

Short Speech on Independence Day for Kids

Short Speech on Independence Day for Kids

10 Lines Independence Day Short Speech in English

India gained independence on August 15th, 1947.

After independence, Indians acquired all their fundamental rights.

People celebrate Independence Day by hoisting the National Flag and reciting the National Anthem.

We should all be proud to be Indian, and we should admire our fortune to have been born in the land of Independent India.

From 1857 to 1947, the lives of many freedom fighters and several decades of struggle were sacrificed.

For the independence of India, an Indian soldier (Mangal Pandey) in the British force first raised his voice against the British.

Several great freedom fighters later struggled and dedicated their entire lives to India’s freedom. 

The sacrifices of all the freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Khudi Ram Bose, and Chandra Sekhar Azad, who lost their lives at an early age just to fight for their country, can never be forgotten.

Gandhiji was a great Indian figure who gave the world a great lesson in non-violence.

We are so lucky to have been given a land of peace and happiness by our forefathers, where we can sleep all night without fear and enjoy the whole day at school or home.

Independence Day Freedom Fighters Speech

Independence Day Freedom Fighters Speech

Here are some of the Independence Day Freedom Fighters Speeches that every student should hear or read once and know the struggle involved during the independence of the country.

Bal Gangadhar Tilak's “Swaraj is my Birthright”.  

In 1917, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, who had spent six times in prison, gave this speech in Nashik. In the ongoing public battle for self-government and eventually full independence, the expression" Swaraj is my birthright" played a significant part. 

Mahatma Gandhi's “Address to Leave India”. 

On August 8, 1942, in Bombay, Mahatma Gandhi gave the "Quit India" address. Also, August Kranti Maidan has been used to relate to the position of Mahatma Gandhi's address at the Gowalia Tank Maidan. 

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's “Give Me Blood, and I'll Give You Freedom”. 

This is arguably one of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's most well-known addresses. In 1944, he gave the Indian National Army members in Burma this speech. 

Mahatma Gandhi's Speech from the Dandi March.  

In this speech, Mahatma Gandhi understood the part of a boycott of British significance and the turndown to pay taxes to the British government at the dusk of the significant Dandi March.

Importance of Independence Day Speech for Children

Following are the points that tell the importance of Independence Day Speech for Children.

It explains to them how our nation freed itself from British rule, and about the sacrifices our freedom fighters made on behalf of the nation. We also do it to teach our kids about our nation's past.

Additionally, it helps kids understand the recent changes that have occurred. Consequently, to encourage them to take their careers and commitment to improve our nation's future seriously.

India is a free nation that attained independence on August 15, 1947. Making the next generation aware of the sacrifices we have made to make this country a better place for them is one of the key goals of celebrating Independence Day. Celebrating Independence Day makes everyone feel proud of the freedom fighters who fought with the Britishers to give freedom to us. It makes everyone happy, and people show respect towards them and the country by hoisting the Indian flag.

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FAQs on India Independence Day Speech in English: Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav 2023

1. How can you write a good speech on Independence Day?

The best method to write a speech is to gather the points you want to mention regarding the topic and follow a standard format. Every speech writing attempt must carry a message to the reader. For instance, the ideal message for this topic is to increase the patriotic feeling among the readers and remind them how much sacrifice our forefathers have done to give us freedom from colonial rule.

2. Is it necessary to mention the historic dates in this topic?

It is necessary to remember and mention the historic dates chronologically to make your speech better. Your speech compilation will become more admirable among the judges or teachers, and you will be able to score well. 

3. Why is this year 77th Independence Day?

India gained independence on 15 August 1947. This year is 2023, which is 76 years after 1947. Therefore, this year is the 77th Independence Day.

4. Who is the No 1 freedom fighter?

There isn't a singular "No 1" freedom fighter, as many people made significant contributions to the Indian independence movement. However, some of the most notable freedom fighters include Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, and Bhagat Singh.

5. What are some key points to include in India's Independence Day speech?

Briefly share the historical context of the struggle for independence.

Highlight the contributions of prominent freedom fighters.

Reflect on the challenges and achievements of independent India.

Offer a vision for the future of the nation.

Emphasize the importance of individual responsibility and collective action in building a better India.

6. What are some significant events in the journey to independence? 

Some major milestones include the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the rise of the Indian National Congress, the Non-cooperation Movement, the Civil Disobedience Movement, and Quit India Movement.

7. What are the challenges and achievements of independent India? 

Challenges included: poverty, inequality, corruption, environmental issues, and social conflicts. Achievements could encompass economic growth, technological advancements, democratic institutions, and cultural diversity.

8. What is the appropriate length for the speech?  

This depends on the audience and setting. For schools, 3-5 minutes might be suitable, while a public speech could be longer (10-15 minutes).

9. How can I make the speech engaging? 

Use anecdotes, historical references, quotes, and personal stories to connect with the audience. Vary your voice and pace, and use appropriate gestures and expressions.

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How to Prepare Independence Day (15th August) Speech for Kids

How to Prepare Independence Day (15th August) Speech for Kids

How to Prepare an Independence Day Speech?

Tips to prepare your child for an independence day speech.

On the occasion of Independence Day, some schools take special efforts for children to know and learn about our independence struggle against British Colonial Rule. As a nation, India had to overcome some great obstacles and challenges to win its independence. The sacrifices and the suffering of the earlier generations are difficult to understand for those born in an Independent India. Parents, teachers and the elderly rightly believe that the lessons of colonialism should not be forgotten and the value of independence be cherished by the coming generations. Children should not only learn about our independence movement but also speak about its importance amongst their peers.

Many schools ask students to prepare a speech on this special day. In this article, we will look at all the aspects of preparing a suitable speech to commemorate Independence Day. This article, will cover all the essential aspects and provide valuable tips and insights to prepare an Independence Day speech in English for kids.

It can be a task to write a great speech and an even bigger task to deliver it. While helping your child prepare for an Independence Day speech for children in English, here are a few things you can keep in mind.

1. Know the History

India’s independence struggle is unique as compared to the independence struggle of other nations. India’s independence struggle was not only political but had facets of ideology and spirituality. For example, the non-violence philosophy initiated by Mahatma Gandhi. Your child should know and understand the history of the independence struggle, its trials, tribulations, sufferings, and sacrifices before you help him prepare a 15th August speech in English for children.

2. Help the Child With Facts

Those who participated in the freedom struggle dreamed of a great nation with values that guaranteed equal rights to its citizens. Much of these ideas were based on modern western democratic values. Western nations had a functional modern democratic form of governance, which gave their citizens a lot of liberty and guaranteed them fundamental right. These same nations that spoke of inclusive governance colonised and subjugated the people of other nations. Our founding fathers, some of whom themselves had studied and lived in those nations, demanded the same for the people of India. Your child should be familiar with such ideals and aspirations. Additionally, your child should also be equipped with facts and know basic things like the meaning of the national anthem, colours of the national flag, and national emblem; all of this will assist in making a good speech that has both, an emotional resonance and is informative at the same time.

Help the Child With Facts

3. Famous Quotes

A quote can be summarised in a few words. Many of the freedom fighters have written motivational speeches that embody the dream of a great nation. Quotes taken from these speeches can help make a better speech by understanding what the leaders held in high regard. Not only should a few quotes be identified for use in your speech, but the context and meaning of these quotes should be understood and explained in their entirety. For example, Abraham Lincoln once said: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.” This expresses my idea of democracy”. This quote clearly signifies his idea of democracy and the aspirations of western-style democracy, precisely the same form of democracy that is also enshrined in the constitution of India.

4. The Value of Liberty

There are various voices in today’s India expressing varied opinions. Some voices take great pride in India being a modern democratic country, while others, disappointed with corruption perhaps, opine that British rule was better. It is important for your child to understand that different voices and opinions and criticism of the government are heard and accepted in true democracies. It is also important for your child to understand why a nation and its people should have a right to self-determination and have a body of representatives elected from amongst their own people for governance. A foreign power would ultimately be interested in the well being of its own nation. It is, therefore, important that powers which govern a nation should be in the hands of those who are of the people, from the people, and elected by the people.

5. Patriotic Values

If it wasn’t for the patriotism of the freedom fighters, we would perhaps never have our freedom. Patriotism is the attachment that one feels to his motherland, its people and its culture. A speech prepared without patriotic fervour would not inspire much in terms of an emotional attachment one feels for the nation and its people. Patriotism does not mean that the ills of society are blindly accepted; instead, patriotism is simply love for the nation and having faith that the values of the nation will eventually prevail. Your child must be patriotic and display an unreserved belief in the values of the nation.

6. Practice Sessions

Delivering a great speech often requires great practice. Motivate your child to memorise the speech, as it is better to speak from memory than to read from paper. Teach your child to stand straight, maintain his composure, emote, and speak in a firm unwavering tone. The child should be able to make eye contact with the audience and not stare blankly away from them. Several practice sessions may be required before the final day.

7. Content is King

The content of a speech is not only about how well the topic is covered. It is also important that the content in a speech is in keeping with the audience. An Independence Day speech prepared for servicemen would differ in content from a speech written for school students. Remember that this speech is written for an audience that includes teachers and fellow students. Students who would be entering adulthood in the near future, students who need to understand the importance of an independent nation, and students who need to understand their place and contributions towards the greater idea of nationhood. The content of your speech should be prepared by keeping the above in mind.

8. Content Flow and Timing

An Independence Day speech for a school would have a set time for the speech to be completed. Too short a speech would leave too little time to appropriate the necessary importance of this day. On the other hand, too long a speech would sound like a monologue. Content flow should be divided into sub-headings clearly having a start, a middle portion, and a conclusion. Once you have compiled a list of subheadings, begin writing content for each sub-heading, keeping in mind a predetermined time for each sub-heading. The set predetermined time limits for each sub-heading should total to the allotted time while leaving a few moments for closing statements.

Content Flow and Timing

9. Opening Address

The opening address of the speech should address teachers, fellow students, and guests of honour and explain the importance of Independence Day and the reason for coming together on this day. A reference should be made on the importance of Independence Day, its importance in 1947 and its relevance today. A brief explanation should also focus on the changing priorities of a growing nation, as its priorities were different in 1947 and they are different today.

10. The Vision and Aspirations of the Founding Fathers

The nation’s founding fathers yearned for independence because they envisioned a great nation and believed in the skills, aspirations, and collective potential of its people. We should cherish the memory of the founding fathers by aspiring to live up to the ideals they cherished in an independent India; ideals that included tolerance, democracy, equality, inclusiveness, and unity in diversity.

11. The Saga of Martyrdom and Sacrifice

Like all great struggles of mankind, the freedom struggle of India is rife with stories of untold sufferings, great courage, headstrong leaders, and pitched bloody battles. Mention should be made of the dauntless leadership and selfless sacrifices made by the nation’s greatest leaders on the rocky road to independence.

12. The Leadership of leaders

Pre-independence India was blessed with great leaders who inspired its people to dream of a glorious nation. Mention the names and sacrifices of great leaders and fighters all the way from the mutiny triggered by Mangal Pandey in 1857 to people like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, and the courage and resilience shown by later leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan, and many more.

The Leadership of leaders

13. Landmark Events

There were various events that opened the eyes of the people of India to the brutal nature of the British Empire and the need for self- governance, and tragic events like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, revolt of 1857, Partition of Bengal, which all left a scar on the Indian psyche. Other events that forced the British to eventually give up their hold like the Quit India Movement and The Non-Co-operation movement should also be mentioned in some detail.

14. India Today

The speech should also briefly cover the trials and tribulations facing modern India and what can be drawn from the rich heritage of India and the lessons learnt from the freedom struggle. Emphasis should also be given to the achievements made by the nation since independence. When the British finally left India, they were very sceptical for the survival of their former colony. India’s achievements left many in the west gobsmacked. Within fifty years of Independence, not only did India have a functional democracy but was also Nuclear power with a very active and successful nuclear and space programme; a feat equalled by only a few nations of the world.

15. Closing Statement and Conclusion

The closing statement must include a commitment to become ideal citizens and live up to the ideals enshrined in our constitution. A famous and inspirational quote from some great leader national or foreign leader regarding liberty, democracy or freedom would make a good closing statement.

Help your child practice to deliver a great speech and also use the following tips to help build confidence. This can prepare him to face the gathering on the day.

1. Understand the Content

Help your child understand the content of the speech thoroughly. A good understanding of the topic will not only enhance his confidence but also allow him to improvise if he forgets a line or two during the presentation. Discuss the history and significance of Independence Day, and the roles of different leaders, to make the speech more interesting and engaging.

2. Memorise the Speech

Coax your child to memorise the speech and practice it several times over. If your child can confidently deliver the speech without reading from a piece of paper he will appear more convincing and confident. Also, teach him a few techniques to overcome his stage fear if he has any of that, like staring at a distant object and the like.

3. Dress up your Child

Many of our leaders and freedom fighters had unique taste and choice in clothes. Some dressed very modestly, while others had a distinct style. Some styling cues can be taken from our leaders to dress your child in a way that would be reminiscent of great leaders from our past.

4. Incorporate Visual Elements

Integrating visual elements into the speech can greatly enhance its impact. Suggest your child to include relevant images, placards, or even tangible artifacts that align with the speech’s theme. Not only does this make the presentation more compelling for the audience, but it can also serve as a useful mnemonic device if your child momentarily forgets their lines. Remember, effective communication often relies on more than just words; sometimes, an image can convey a complex idea far more powerfully.

Independence Day is a very important and significant day for India. If your child is selected to deliver a speech this day, it is a matter of great pride. Follow the tips above to prepare a suitable speech for this day.

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Speech on the Journey of Independence Day

The Journey of Independence Day Speech: India’s path to freedom was not easy. The country gained independence because of our freedom fighters who exhibited immense courage and determination. This journey began somewhere around the 1800’s and ended in 1947. From the 1st war of Independence in 1857 to the Quit India Movement in 1942, India lost many lives to achieve freedom. 

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Thereafter, with the conclusion of the Quit India Movement in 1945 and the implementation of the Lord Mountbatten Plan on 3 June 1947, India achieved its independence on 15 August 1947. 

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Speech on the Journey of Independence Day

Hello everyone, and I welcome you all to an independent and warm sunshine. Today, we are all gathered here to celebrate India’s journey til 15 August 1947. This journey is a celebration of the human spirit and the power of hope. This journey of independence begins with a desire for freedom that later burns in the hearts of our forefathers, who dared to dream of and achieve as a sovereign nation.

India’s quest for independence started with the Revolt of 1857 which is considered as the 1st War of Independence. The revolt was fueled by the discontent among Indian soldiers in the British East India Company’s army. Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier ignited the spark in the army and made a courageous attempt to reclaim our rights and dignity. Later on, General Bakht Khan (Delhi), Begum Hazrat Mahal (Lucknow), Rani Lakshmibai (Jhansi), Nana Saheb (Kanpur), Kunwar Singh (Bihar) and many more joined the revolt. Though we did not succeed, the seed of resistance was sown into the hearts of people and helped pave the way for future struggles.  

The Lucknow Pact of 1916 was another landmark moment in the history of India’s journey to Independence Day. As a landmark moment, the pact showcased the unity among Hindus and Muslims against British rule. Indian leaders like Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Muhammad Ali Jinnah worked together for constitutional reforms. Moreover, this pact helped lay the foundation for a united front against colonial oppression.

Also, the massacre of Jallianwala Bagh in 1919 can never be forgotten in India’s journey to independence. The merciless act of General Dyer claimed hundreds of innocent lives. This ruthless act sparked outrage in our people who wanted to break the chains of colonialism.

This chain of revolutions in the journey of independence started scaring the British. Another landmark event in the freedom struggle was the Mahatma Gandhi-led Non-Cooperation Movement. In this movement, he urged his fellow Indians to boycott British goods and institutions. The mass protest was successful and saw millions of people participating in the movement. The mass participation highlighted not only the unity but also reflected the yearning for freedom among the Indian population. 

Later on, the Quit India Movement on August 8, 1942, saw a huge crowd rallying behind Mahatma Gandhi with a call for an immediate end to British rule. During this uprising, famous freedom fighter leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Chakravarti Rajgopalachari, and others were imprisoned. But as it is said, the torch of freedom never extinguished, and the spirit of resistance remained unbroken.

After years of struggles by freedom fighters, India saw a bittersweet moment in the history of freedom on August 14 and 15, 1947, which marked the end of colonial rule and also led to the creation of India and Pakistan as two separate nations. As India celebrated its freedom on 15 August 1947, the country faced communal tensions, mass migration, and the division of properties and financial assets. 

As a student, we should never forget the struggles and sacrifices made by the freedom fighters of India. To make the journey of Independence more memorable and meaningful, all these incidents can be included in the curriculum of the syllabus students so that they can know more about them comprehensively. Also, students can depict scenes of freedom struggle through various activities, such as dramas, skits, dance, and songs.  

In conclusion, the journey to independence has shown the world that our country is a land of sacrifice, dedication, and the value of honor. The struggles and fights will inspire future generations to celebrate the freedom that was hard fought. Though we enjoy and celebrate Independence with pomp and show, the journey was still more memorable than one might think.

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10 Lines on Speech on the Journey of Independence Day 

Here are simple 10 lines that you can include in your Speech on the Journey of Independence Day:

1. Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 every year magnificently.

2. The colonized rule of Britishers not only tortured the people of India but also took every right that was required of every human.

3. The year 1857 blew the trumpet of independence with the revolt in India.

4. Mangal Pandey, an Indian soldier, ignited the spark in the army and made a courageous attempt to reclaim our rights and dignity in the revolt for independence. Later on, General Bakht Khan (Delhi), Begum Hazrat Mahal (Lucknow), Rani Lakshmibai (Jhansi), Nana Saheb (Kanpur), Kunwar Singh (Bihar), and many more.

4. The Lucknow Pact of 1916 was another incredible moment in the history of India’s journey to Independence Day.

5. It has strengthened Hindu-Muslim unity in the national political history of India.

6. The Amritsar massacre, or Jallianwala Bagh massacre, which took place in 1919 filled the people with range.

7. To fuel the journey to independence, Mahatma Gandhi led the Non-Cooperation Movement in 1922 and urged Indians to boycott British goods and institutions.

8. The Quit India Movement of 1942 to 1945 was the nail in the coffin of British rule. 

9. The struggles and fights will inspire future generations to celebrate the freedom that was hard fought. 

10. Though we enjoy and celebrate Independence with pomp and show, the journey was still more memorable than one might think.

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Ans : To start a speech on Independence Day, greet the present gathered people and fellow people, and then start with an introduction to the history of Independence, the struggles of freedom fighters, and their journey.

Ans: Some of the best slogans for Independence Day are: Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself, according to Mahatma Gandhi and If your blood does not rage, then it is water that flows in your veins. For what is the flush of youth if it is not of service to the motherland by Chandra Shekhar Azad?

Ans: The format of the introduction while writing an Independence Day speech can be Hello everyone, and I welcome you all to the independent and warm sunshine. Today, we are all gathered here to celebrate the journey of independence that rises above time and echoes the resilience of a nation. This journey of independence begins with a desire for freedom and later burns in the hearts of our forefathers, who dared to dream of a sovereign nation.

Ans: The Indian Prime Minister delivers a speech on Independence Day to address the nation with his speech to motivate the spirit of independence and keep reminding the people about the struggles as well as the determination of the freedom fighters.

Ans: Independence Day is celebrated on August 15 every year. Many freedom fighters sacrificed their lives, fought courageously, and showed determination to achieve independence. From the colonial rule of Britishers, we emerged as a nation that did not turn down. The Journey of Independence Day believed in the inherent right to self-determination.

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Independence Day Speech – We celebrate Independence Day as the national festival of India. The Day marks the anniversary of national independence from the British Empire on 15th august 1947.

Furthermore, it is the most auspicious day for the people of India because India becomes independent after lots of hardships and sacrifices of the brave Indian freedom fighters.

From that day onwards 15th August become a very important day in Indian history and in the hearts of every Indian. Also, the entire nation celebrates this day with the full spirit of patriotism.

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After the independence, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was chosen as the first Prime Minister of India. Moreover, he unfurled our tricolor flag at the Red Fort in the national capital, New Delhi for the first time.

From there onwards, every year we celebrate Independence Day at Red Fort New Delhi. In addition, the army performs many tasks that also include a march past cultural programs by school students.

In addition, we celebrate Independence Day to remember the lives that we sacrificed to gain this freedom. As they are the ones who struggled for our country. Furthermore, on his day we forget our differences and unites as one true nation should.

Importance of Independence Day Celebration

We celebrate Independence Day on a vast scale in our country. Also, every government building is decorated with tricolor lights that orange, white, and green just like the national flag.

Furthermore, every official and office staff whether private or government has to be present in the office for the flag hoisting ceremony and singing our National Anthem. Besides, there is a lot of other reasons to celebrate our independence day.

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Honor the Memory of our Freedom Fighters

Freedom fighters struggled to make our country free from the Britishers. In addition, they were the ones who sacrificed their lives for the country. On this day every citizen of our country pays tribute to them.

Furthermore, the schools and colleges organize various functions to celebrate our independence and to pay tribute to these freedom fighters. Also, students perform in these programs that depict the struggle of our freedom fighters.

In schools and colleges, students give solo and duet performances of patriotic songs. These songs fill our hearts with a feeling of patriotism and love for our country. Usually, in offices, it is a non-working day but all the staff and officials gather to express their patriotism for the country.

In addition, at various offices, employees deliver speeches to enlighten people about the freedom struggle. Also, about the efforts of our freedom fighters to make this country an independent nation.

To spark the spirit of patriotism in youth

The youth of our country has the power to change the nation. By means, someone rightly said that the future hinge on to the young generation. Hence it becomes our duty to serve the nation and make every possible effort to make our county better.

One of the main motives for celebrating Independence Day is to make the young generation aware of the sacrifices we have made to make this country a better place for them.

Most noteworthy, it tells them how our country got independence from the grasps of the Britishers. And about the sacrifices, our freedom fighter has made for the country. Also, we do it to make our children aware of the history of our country.

Furthermore, it makes them aware of the development that took place in the past years. Consequently, to make them serious about our future and careers which they put forth to make our country better.

To sum it up, gaining independence from Britishers was not easy. And it’s because of the struggle and hardship of our freedom fighter that we now live in a free country. On Independence Day we remember the long battle that our freedom fighters fought and sacrifices that they have made.

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MILWAUKEE — Former President Donald Trump closed the Republican National Convention by accepting the presidential nomination and offering a speech that began somber and turned combative.

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First, he recounted surviving an assassination attempt five days earlier in Butler, Pennsylvania.

“You’ll never hear it from me again a second time because it’s too painful to tell,” Trump told a hushed audience. “I stand before you in this arena only by the grace of Almighty God.”

When Trump said, “I’m not supposed to be here tonight,” the audience chanted, “Yes you are. Yes you are.” Onstage, Trump kissed the firefighter’s uniform of Corey Comperatore, whom Trump’s would-be assassin killed.

After about 20 minutes, Trump’s speech shifted. He countered Democrats’ claims that he endangers democracy, praised the federal judge who dismissed the classified documents case against him and called the legal charges “partisan witch hunts.”

Though he criticized the policies of his opponent, Democratic President Joe Biden, Trump said he’d avoid naming him.

Trump occasionally offered conciliatory notes, but more often repeated questionable assertions we’ve repeatedly fact-checked. Here are some.

Immigration

Immigrants are “coming from prisons, they’re coming from jails, they’re coming from mental institutions and insane asylums.”.

When Trump said earlier this year that Biden is letting in “millions” of immigrants from jails and mental institutions we rated it Pants on Fire. Immigration officials arrested about 103,700 noncitizens with criminal convictions (whether in the U.S. or abroad) from fiscal years 2021 to 2024, federal data shows. That accounts for people stopped at and between ports of entry.

Not everyone was let in. The term “noncitizens” includes people who may have legal immigration status in the U.S., but are not U.S. citizens.

The data reflects the people that the federal government knows about but it’s inexhaustive. Immigration experts said despite those data limitations, there is no evidence to support Trump’s statement. Many people in Latin American countries face barriers to mental health treatment, so if patients are coming to the U.S., they are probably coming from their homes, not psychiatric hospitals.

“Caracas, Venezuela, really dangerous place, but not anymore. Because in Venezuela, crime is down 72 percent”

Although Venezuelan government data is unreliable, some data from independent organizations shows that violent deaths have recently decreased, but not by 72 percent. From 2022 to 2023, violent deaths dropped by 25 percent, according to the independent Venezuelan Observatory of Violence.

Criminologists attribute this decline to Venezuela’s poor economy and the government’s extrajudicial killings. They said there is no evidence that Venezuela’s government is emptying its prisons and sending criminals to the United States.

El Salvador murders are down 70 percent “because they’re sending their murderers to the United States of America.”

There has been a significant drop in crime in El Salvador, but it is not because the country is sending prisoners to the U.S.

According to data from El Salvador’s National Police, in 2023, the country reported a 70 percent drop in homicides compared with 2022, as Trump noted.

But it’s been well reported — by the country’s government, international organizations and news organizations — that El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has aggressively cracked down on crime. There is no evidence that Bukele’s effort involves sending prisoners to the U.S.

El Salvador has been under a state of emergency, because of gang violence and high crime rates, since March 2022. On July 10, the Legislative Assembly voted to extend its use.

The order suspends “a range of constitutional rights, including the rights to freedom of association and assembly, to privacy in communications, and to be informed of the reason for arrest, as well as the requirement that anyone be taken before a judge within 72 hours,” according a Human Rights Watch report.

The state of emergency has led multiple international human rights groups and governments, including the U.S., to condemn human rights abuses in El Salvador such as arbitrary killings, forced disappearances and torture.

Trump claims Bukele is “sending all of his criminals, his drug dealers, his people that are in jails. He’s sending them all to the United States.” But El Salvador’s prison population has drastically increased in recent years, according to InSight Crime, a think tank focused on crime and security in the Americas.

In 2020, El Salvador’s prison population stood at around 37,000. In 2023, it was more than 105,000 — around 1.7 percent of the country’s population, InSight Crime said.

“Behind me and to the right was a large screen that was displaying a chart of border crossings under my leadership, the numbers were absolutely amazing.”

As he recounted the story of his attempted assassination, Trump mentioned a chart of illegal border crossings from fiscal year 2012 to 2024. We fact-checked the false and misleading annotations on the chart.

For example, a red arrow on the chart claims to show when “Trump leaves office. Lowest illegal immigration in recorded history.” But the arrow points to a decline in immigration encounters at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, when migration overall significantly dropped as nations imposed lockdowns. Trump left office nine months later, when illegal immigration encounters were on the rise.

Later in the RNC speech, Trump said, “Under my presidency, we had the most secure border.”

That’s Mostly False . Illegal immigration during Trump’s administration was higher than it was during both of former President Barack Obama’s terms.

Illegal immigration between ports of entry at the U.S. southern border dropped in 2017, Trump’s first year in office, compared with previous years. But illegal immigration began to rise after that. It dropped again when the COVID-19 pandemic started and immigration decreased drastically worldwide.

In the months before Trump left office, as some pandemic travel restrictions eased, illegal immigration was rising again. A spike in migrants, especially unaccompanied minors, started in spring 2020 during the Trump administration and generally continued to climb each month.

It’s difficult to compare pre-COVID-19 data with data since, because of changes in data reporting. But, accounting for challenges in data comparisons, a PolitiFact review found an increase of 300 percent in illegal immigration from Trump’s first full month in office, February 2017, to his last full month, December 2020.

The jobs that are created under Biden, “107 percent of those jobs are taken by illegal aliens.”

Mostly False.

This Republican talking point paints the Biden years as being better for foreign-born workers than native-born Americans. But it is wrong.

Since Biden took office in early 2021, the number of foreign-born Americans who are employed has risen by about 5.6 million. But over the same period, the number of native-born Americans employed has increased by almost 7.4 million.

The unemployment rate for native-born workers under Biden is comparable to what it was during the final two prepandemic years of Trump’s presidency.

Assassination attempt

Trump: “there’s an interesting statistic, the ears are the bloodiest part. if something happens with the ears, they bleed more than any other part of the body.”.

Mostly True.

Trump said that in reference to the injury he sustained to the top of his right ear during the assassination attempt at his July 13 rally.

Although the ears do bleed heavily, PolitiFact could not identify statistical evidence that they are the “bloodiest part” of the body.

READ MORE: Trump’s campaign has given no official info about his medical care following assassination attempt

The ear gets most of its blood from a branch of the external carotid artery. An injury to an artery is prone to heavier bleeding, according to a study published in the European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.

But other parts of the upper body might bleed more from an external injury, doctors said.

“The scalp is perhaps the most ‘bloody’ part of the body if injured or cut,” Céline Gounder, a physician, senior fellow at KFF and editor-at-large for public health at KFF Health News, told PolitiFact in an email. “But, in general, the head/neck is the ‘bloodiest’ part of the body. The ear is part of that.”

“​​An injury similar to what Trump sustained to the ear would bleed less if inflicted on a part of the body below the neck,” Gounder added.

During my presidency, we had “the best economy in the history of our country, in the history of the world … We had no inflation, soaring incomes.”

One of the strongest ways to assess the economy is the unemployment rate, which fell during Trump’s presidency to levels untouched in five decades. But his successor, Joe Biden, matched or exceeded those levels.

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Another measure, the annual increases in gross domestic product, were broadly similar under Trump to what they were during the final six years under his predecessor, Barack Obama. And GDP growth under Trump was well below that of previous presidents.

Wage growth increased under Trump, but to say they soared is an exaggeration. Adjusted for inflation, wages began rising during the Obama years and kept increasing under Trump. But these were modest compared with the 2 percent a year increase seen in the 1960s.

Another metric — the growth rate in personal consumption per person, adjusted for inflation — wasn’t higher under Trump than previous presidents. For many families, this statistic serves an economic activity bottom line, determining how much they can spend on food, clothing, housing, health care and travel.

In Trump’s three years in office through January 2020, real consumption per person grew by 2 percent a year. Of the 30 nonoverlapping three-year periods from 1929 to the end of his presidency, Trump’s periods ranked in the bottom third.

As for inflation being zero, that’s also wrong. It was low, ranging from 1.8 percent to 2.4 percent increases year over year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. This is roughly the range the Federal Reserve likes to see. During the coronavirus pandemic-dominated year of 2020, inflation fell to 1.2 percent, because demand plummeted as entertainment and travel collapsed.

“Our current administration, groceries are up 57 percent, gasoline is up 60 percent and 70 percent, mortgage rates have quadrupled.”

There is an element of truth, because prices have risen for all of these. But Trump exaggerated the percentages.

The price of groceries has risen by 21.5 percent in the more than three and a half years since Biden was inaugurated in January 2021.

Gasoline prices are up 55 percent over the same period.

Mortgage rates haven’t quadrupled. But they have more than doubled, because of Federal Reserve rate increases to curb inflation. The average 30-year fixed- mortgage rate mortgage was 2.73 percent in January 2021, but 6.89 percent in July 2024.

“Our crime rate is going up.”

Mostly False

He’s wrong on violent crimes, but has a point for some property crimes.

Federal data shows the overall number of violent crimes, including homicide, has declined during Joe Biden’s presidency. Property crimes have risen, mostly because of motor vehicle thefts.

The FBI data shows the overall violent crime rate — which includes homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault per 100,000 population — fell by 1.6 percent from 2021 to 2022, the most recent year with full-year FBI data.

Private-sector analyses show continued crime declines. For instance, the Council on Criminal Justice, a nonpartisan think tank, samples reports from law enforcement agencies in several dozen cities to gauge crime data more quickly than the FBI. The council’s data shows the declining violent crime trends continued into 2023.

Property crime has increased under Biden, although three of the four main categories the FBI tracks — larceny, burglary and arson — were at or below their prepandemic level by 2022. The main exception has been motor vehicle theft, which rose 4 percent from 2020 to 2021 and 10.4 percent from 2021 to 2022.

Taxes, Social Security and Medicare

The biden administration is “the only administration that said we’re going to raise your taxes by four times what you’re paying now.”.

Biden is proposing a tax increase of roughly 7 percent over the next decade, not 300 percent, as Trump claims.

About 83 percent of the proposed Biden tax increase would be borne by the top 1 percent of taxpayers, a level that starts at just under $1 million a year in income.

WATCH: Biden announces tax plan at campaign event in Scranton, PA

Taxpayers earning up to $60,400 would see their yearly taxes decline on average, and taxpayers between $60,400 and $107,300 would see an annual increase of $20 on average.

The IRS hired “88,000 agents” to go after Americans.

The figure, which has been cited as 87,000 in past statements, is related to hires the IRS approved in 2022 that included information technology and taxpayer services, not just enforcement staff. Many of those hires would go toward holding staff numbers steady in the face of a history of budget cuts at the IRS and a wave of projected retirements.

The U.S. Treasury Department previously said that people and small businesses who make less than $400,000 per year would see no change, while audits of corporations and high-net-worth people would rise. House Republicans passed a bill in 2023 to rescind the funding for the hires. Passage by the Democratic Senate majority is unlikely. President Joe Biden has vowed to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

“Democrats are going to destroy Social Security and Medicare, because all of these people, by the millions, they’re coming in. They’re going to be on Social Security and Medicare and other things, and you’re not able to afford it. They are destroying your Social Security and your Medicare.”

Most immigrants in the U.S. illegally are ineligible for Social Security. Some people who entered the U.S. illegally and were granted humanitarian parole — a temporary permission to stay in the country — for more than one year, may be eligible for Social Security for up to seven years, the Congressional Research Service said.

Immigrants in the U.S. illegally also are generally ineligible to enroll in federally funded health care coverage such as Medicare and Medicaid. (Some states provide Medicaid coverage under state-funded programs regardless of immigration status. Immigrants are eligible for emergency Medicaid regardless of status.)

It’s also wrong to say that immigration will destroy Social Security. The program’s fiscal challenges stem from a shortage of workers compared with beneficiaries. Immigrants who are legally qualified can receive Social Security retirement benefits only after they’ve worked and paid Social Security taxes for 10 years. So, for at least 10 years, these immigrants will be paying into the system before they draw any benefits.

Immigration is far from a fiscal fix-all for Social Security’s challenges. But having more immigrants in the United States would increase the worker-to-beneficiary ratio, potentially for decades, thus extending the program’s solvency, economic experts say.

Electric vehicles

Trump: “they spent $9 billion on eight chargers.”.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Biden signed in November 2021, allocated $7.5 billion to electric vehicle charging. Trump exaggerated the program and charger costs.

The Federal Highway Administration told PolitiFact that as of this April, the infrastructure funding has created seven open charging stations with 29 spots for electric vehicles to charge. They were installed across five states — Hawaii, Maine, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania — the administration said in a statement.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a May CBS interview that the Biden administration’s goal is to install 500,000 EV chargers by 2030.

“And the very first handful of chargers are now already being physically built. But again, that’s the absolute very, very beginning stages of the construction to come,” Buttigieg said.

The cost for equipment and installation of high-speed EV chargers can range from $58,000 to $150,000 per charger, depending on wattage and other factors.

The federally funded EV charging program started slowly. The Energy Department said initial state plans were approved in September 2022. Since April, federally funded charging stations have opened in Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont.

“I will end the electric vehicle mandate on Day 1.”

There is no electric vehicle mandate to begin with.

The Biden administration has set a goal — not a mandate — to have electric vehicles comprise half of all new vehicle sales by 2030.

Later in his speech, Trump said: “I am all for electric. … But if somebody wants to buy a gas-powered car… or a hybrid, they are going to be able to do it. And we’re going to make that change on Day 1. ” The Biden administration has introduced new regulations on gas-powered cars but those policies do not ban gas-powered cars. They can continue to be sold, even after 2030.

“Under the Trump administration, just three and a half years ago, we were energy independent.”

Half True .

There are various definitions of “energy independence,” but during Trump’s presidency, the U.S. became a net energy exporter and began producing more energy than it consumed. Both milestones hadn’t been achieved in decades.

However, that achievement built on more than a decade of improvements in shale oil and gas production, along with renewable energies. The U.S. also did not achieve net exporter status for crude oil, which produces the type of energy that voters hold politicians most accountable for: gasoline.

Even during a period of greater energy independence, the U.S. energy supply is still sensitive to global developments, experts told PolitiFact in 2023. Because many U.S. refineries cannot process the type of crude oil produced in the U.S., they need to import a different type of oil from overseas to serve the domestic market.

Election fraud claims

“they used covid to cheat.”.

Pants on Fire !

During the pandemic, multiple states altered rules to ease mail-in voting for people concerned about contracting COVID-19 at indoor polling places. Changes included mailing ballots to all registered voters, removing excuse requirements to vote by mail and increasing the number of ballot drop boxes. State officials used legal methods to enact these changes, and the new rules applied to all voters, regardless of party affiliation.

The 2020 election was certified by every state and confirmed by more than 60 court cases nationwide.

During his presidency, we had “the biggest regulation cuts ever.”

We tracked Trump’s progress on his campaign promise to “enact a temporary ban on new regulations” and rated that a Compromise.

Near the end of Trump’s presidency, an expert told us that overall the amount of federal regulations was roughly unchanged since Trump took office.

Foreign policy

Russia’s war in ukraine and hamas’ attack on israel “would have never happened if i were president.”.

This is unsubstantiated and ignores the complexities of global conflict. There’s no way to assess whether Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine in February 2022 if Trump were still president, or whether Hamas wouldn’t have attacked Israel in October 2023.

Experts told PolitiFact that there’s a limit to how much influence U.S. presidents have over whether a foreign conflict erupts into war. “American presidents have scant control over foreign decisions about war and peace unless they show their willingness to commit American power,” said Richard Betts, a Columbia University professor emeritus of war and peace studies and of international and public affairs.

During the Trump administration, there were no new major overseas wars or invasions. But during his presidency, there were still conflicts within Israel and between Russia and Ukraine. For example, Russia was intervening militarily in the Ukraine’s Donbas region throughout Trump’s administration.

Trump also supported weakening NATO, reducing expectations among allies that the U.S. would intervene militarily if they were attacked.

Although there’s no way to know how the war in Israel would have played out, experts said the prospect of the Abraham Accords — the peace effort between Israel and Arab nations led by the Trump administration — likely helped drive Hamas’ attack.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that the prospect of the Abraham Accords being embraced by countries such as Saudi Arabia was one of the main causes of the Oct. 7 attack,” Ambassador Martin Kimani, the executive director of NYU’s Center on International Cooperation said.

When the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, we “left behind $85 billion worth of military equipment.”

This is an exaggeration. When the Taliban toppled Afghanistan’s civilian government in 2021, it inherited military hardware the U.S. gave it. But it did not amount to $85 billion.

A 2022 independent inspector general report informed Congress that about $7 billion of U.S.-funded equipment remained in Afghanistan and in the Taliban’s hands. According to the report, “The U.S. military removed or destroyed nearly all major equipment used by U.S. troops in Afghanistan throughout the drawdown period in 2021.”

We rated a similar claim False in 2021.

When he was president, “Iran was broke.”

Iran’s foreign currency reserves fell from $128 billion in 2015 to $15 billion in 2019, a dramatic drop in absolute dollars. The decline is widely believed to be a consequence of the tightened U.S. sanctions under Trump, and although Iran’s foreign currency reserves have grown since then, it’s nowhere near pre-2019 levels.

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis pegged Iran’s foreign currency reserves in 2024 around $36 billion.

PolitiFact Chief Correspondent Louis Jacobson, Senior Correspondent Amy Sherman, Staff Writers Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Maria Briceño, Madison Czopek, Marta Campabadal Graus, Ranjan Jindal, Mia Penner, Samantha Putterman, Sara Swann, Loreben Tuquero, Maria Ramirez Uribe and Researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this story.

Our convention fact-checks rely on both new and previously reported work. We link to past work whenever possible. In some cases, a fact-check rating may be different tonight than in past versions. In those cases, either details of what the candidate said, or how the candidate said it, differed enough that we evaluated it anew.

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Melania Trump is not scheduled to speak at the RNC. Here's why that's unusual.

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Former First Lady Melania Trump is expected to attend the RNC’s final day in Milwaukee but isn’t scheduled to deliver a speech.

Whether she shows up or not, a decision not to speak would be unusual, given her addresses at the 2016 and 2020 Republican Conventions. It would also end a tradition dating back to Barbara Bush in 1992, where first ladies and candidates’ spouses have given such addresses.

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Melania Trump has rarely been seen in public during her husband’s 2024 campaign; she did issue  a lengthy written statement  after Saturday’s assassination attempt at a rally in Butler, Pennsylvania.

“A monster who recognized my husband as an inhuman political machine attempted to ring out Donald’s passion - his laughter, ingenuity, love of music, and inspiration,” she wrote.

The former first lady didn’t stay away from the campaign trail entirely by hosting two fundraisers for Log Cabin Republicans , an organization representing LGBT conservatives and allies, in New York and Florida.

The former first lady's absence from her husband’s hush money trial and June debate against Joe Biden have fueled speculation about her future involvement should her husband be re-elected.

Jeremy Yurow is a politics reporting fellow based in Hawaii for the USA TODAY Network. You can reach him at [email protected] or on X, formerly Twitter @JeremyYurow

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USCIS Celebrates Independence Day 2024 with Naturalization Ceremonies

USCIS will celebrate Independence Day this year by welcoming approximately 11,000 new citizens in more than 195 naturalization ceremonies between June 28 and July 5. These ceremonies demonstrate our commitment to welcoming immigrants and promoting the benefits of U.S. citizenship for all who are eligible.

Each July 4, we celebrate the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring that the 13 American colonies a new nation: the United States of America. USCIS commemorates this momentous occasion by hosting special Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the globe, some of which are highlighted below. Throughout these ceremonies, USCIS will honor and recognize the commitment and contributions of our newest U.S. citizens.

Following each naturalization ceremony, we encourage new U.S. citizens to share their naturalization stories and photos on social media using the hashtag #NewUSCitizens. You can follow us on   X (formerly Twitter),   Instagram ,  YouTube ,  Facebook , and  LinkedIn .

Ceremony DateCity, StateVenue
06/28/2024Philadelphia, PAMuseum of the American Revolution
06/28/2024Iwakuni, JPMarine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
06/28/2024Layton, UTNorth Ridge High School
06/29/2024Kansas City, KSChildren ’s Mercy Park
06/29/2024Vienna, VAVienna Town Green
07/01/2024Sasebo, JPUS Fleet Activities Sasebo
07/01/2024Madison, WICentro Hispano of Dane County
07/02/2024Los Angeles, CALos Angeles Central Library
07/02/2024San Pedro, CABattleship Iowa Museum
07/02/2024Davie, FLSouthwest Regional Library
07/02/2024Misawa, JPMisawa Air Base
07/02/2024New York, NYStavros Niarchos Foundation Library
07/02/2024San Antonio, TXMunicipal Plaza Building
07/02/2024Orem, UTSCERA Center for the Arts
07/03/2024Alameda, CAUSS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum
07/03/2024Los Angeles, CASkirball Cultural Center
07/03/2024Indianapolis, INBenjamin Harrison Presidential Site
07/03/2024South Bend, INFour Winds Field
07/03/2024New Orleans, LANational World War II Museum
07/03/2024St. Louis, MOGateway Arch National Park
07/03/2024Southport, NCFort Johnston Garrison Lawn
07/03/2024Albuquerque, NMRio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park
07/03/2024Astoria, ORFort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
07/03/2024Salt Lake City, UT   This Is The Place Heritage Park (Garden Center)
07/03/2024Spokane, WAShriners Event Center
07/04/2024Mesa, AZArizona Celebration of Freedom
07/04/2024Paradise Valley, AZDesert View Learning Center
07/04/2024Phoenix, AZSouth Mountain Community College
07/04/2024Tucson, AZSaguaro National Park
07/04/2024Apopka, FLHope Community Center
07/04/2024Palm Beach, FLHenry Morrison Flagler Museum
07/04/2024Des Moines, IAPrincipal Park Stadium
07/04/2024Louisville, KYHistoric Locust Grove
07/04/2024Sturbridge, MAOld Sturbridge Village
07/04/2024Annapolis, MDWilliam Paca House and Garden
07/04/2024Charlotte, NCThe Charlotte Museum of History
07/04/2024Kinston, NCHarmony Hall
07/04/2024Raleigh, NCNorth Carolina State Capitol
07/04/2024Portsmouth, NHStrawberry Banke Museum
07/04/2024Camden, NJBattleship New Jersey
07/04/2024Albany, NYNelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza
07/04/2024Mumford, NYGenesee Country Village & Museum
07/04/2024Archbold, OHSauder Village
07/04/2024Charlottesville, VAThomas Jefferson’s Monticello
07/04/2024Mount Vernon, VAGeorge Washington’s Mount Vernon
07/04/2024Richmond, VAVirginia Museum of History and Culture
07/04/2024Seattle, WASeattle Center Armory
07/05/2024Albuquerque, NMAlbuquerque Convention Center
07/05/2024Orem, UTSCERA Center for the Arts

Fact-checking Trump on Day 4 of the 2024 Republican National Convention

The former president dusts off familiar falsehoods about tax cuts, inflation, energy independence, EVs, gas prices, crime, undocumented migrants and more.

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Former president Donald Trump’s 92-minute speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination on the final night of his party’s national convention rambled, often incoherently, through a hit parade of his favorite falsehoods, many of them ad-libbed instead of drawn from his prepared remarks. Here are 34 claims that caught our attention, in the order in which he made them. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios for a roundup of statements made during convention events.

“When we handed over a stock market that was substantially higher than just prior to covid coming in, did a great job, never got credit for that.”

Trump as president frequently touted the rise of stock prices during his presidency. The S&P 500 index gained about 70 percent during his first term. But it has gone up 50 percent under Biden. Moreover, the record under Barack Obama beat both men.

“The biggest tax cuts ever.”

This is one of Trump’s favorite falsehoods. Trump’s tax cut amounted to nearly 0.9 percent of the gross domestic product , meaning it was far smaller than President Ronald Reagan’s tax cut in 1981, which was 2.89 percent of GDP.

Trump’s tax cut is the eighth-largest tax cut in the past century — and even smaller than two tax cuts passed under President Barack Obama. Trump’s tax cut was heavily tilted toward the wealthy and corporations.

“The biggest regulation cuts ever.”

Trump’s claim of the most or biggest regulation cuts cannot be easily verified and appears to be false. There is no reliable metric on which to judge this claim — or to compare him with previous presidents. Many experts say the most significant regulatory changes in U.S. history were the deregulation of the airline, rail and trucking industries during the Carter administration, which are estimated to provide consumers with $70 billion in annual benefits. A detailed November 2020 report by the Penn Program on Regulation concluded that “without exception, each major claim we have uncovered by the President or other White House official about regulation turns out to be exaggerated, misleading, or downright untrue.” The report said that the Trump administration had not reduced the overall number of pages from the regulatory code book and that it completed far more regulatory actions than deregulatory ones once the full data set was examined.

“‘Right to Try’ was a big deal. We got Right to Try. They were trying to get that for 52 years.”

Right to Try wasn’t a protracted battle — the idea emerged in 2013 . (Trump often falsely claims it was a 45-year or 50-year battle, or as he did here, 52 years.) The initiative allowed for the use of experimental drugs, not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as a last resort for those unable to participate in clinical testing who have also exhausted all other treatment options. The FDA had already approved 99 percent of requests for access to unapproved drugs, but supporters thought these policies too restrictive.

“We have an inflation crisis that is making life unaffordable, ravaging the incomes of working and low-income families, and crushing, just simply crushing, our people like never before.”

The monthly inflation headlines are often about the year-over-year inflation rate, as measured by changes in the consumer price index. Inflation reached a high of 9 percent in June 2022. Annualized inflation has dropped significantly since then. The year-over-year figure in June was 3.0 percent .

Inflation initially spiked because of pandemic-related shocks — increased consumer demand as the pandemic eased and an inability to meet this demand because of supply chain issues, as companies had reduced production when consumers hunkered down during the pandemic. Indeed, inflation rose around the world — with many peer countries doing worse than the United States — because of pandemic-related shocks that rippled across the globe.

Wage growth lagged inflation initially in Biden’s term, but it has since caught up. Wages have risen 19.4 percent, compared to cumulative inflation of 19.2 percent. That’s basically treading water, but it’s not as dire as Trump claims.

“I will end the devastating inflation crisis immediately, bring down interest rates, and lower the cost of energy. We will drill, baby, drill.”

Trump has proposed a number of the policies that economists consider to be inflationary, such as a proposal for across-the-board tariffs. (Trump has thrown out a figure of 10 percent, but his staff has said the actual number has not been determined.) Trump has also suggested he would impose a 60 percent tariff on all Chinese goods. While Trump frequently claims tariffs are paid by countries, that’s wrong; the cost of the tariffs generally are passed onto consumers, so it is a form of tax.

The Federal Reserve sets interest rates and Biden has respected its independence, even as it kept interest rates high to keep inflation in check. Cutting interest rates too rapidly could spark inflation.

The Wall Street Journal, in its quarterly survey of forecasters this month, reported “most economists believe inflation, deficits and interest rates would be higher during a second Trump administration than if Biden remains in the White House.”

It also defies economic logic to claim that higher oil production will bring prices down. Domestic oil production and natural gas production are already at record highs under Biden.

“ By doing that, we will lead a large-scale decline in prices. Prices will start to come down. Energy raised it.”

Continuing this theme, Trump jumps the shark to claim the solution to inflation is to expand domestic oil production. Energy costs are volatile, and so many economists prefer to focus on what is known as “core inflation” — the price of goods and services excluding energy and food. That’s because energy, like food, is a staple, and demand doesn’t change much no matter the price. People generally need to keep driving cars and eating food. Oil and gas, along with some food products like pork, are also commodities and trade on exchanges, making prices subject to speculation depending on weather, wars and other unforeseen events. Egg prices, in fact, spiked as much as 230 percent in January 2023 because of the bird flu.

“We’ll start paying off debt and start lowering taxes even further.”

Trump often has magical thinking about the national debt. When he first ran for president, Trump confidently claimed that he could eliminate the national debt — then $19 trillion — in just eight years through better trade deals. We gave him Four Pinocchios . He walked back the pledge, saying he would reduce a percentage of the debt. That didn’t happen. Instead, under Trump, the debt climbed to $27.8 trillion from not quite $20 trillion, a gain of $7.9 trillion. (More than half of the debt under Trump came in the last 10 months of his term because of the pandemic.)

Running again for president, Trump now claims the debt would be reduced by money generated by oil and natural gas reserves in the ground. But most of the money is earned by oil producers, not the federal government. The federal government might own some of the land and earn leasing fees. Such fees on U.S. federal lands, federal waters and Native American lands amounted to about $20 billion in fiscal 2022, according to CRFB . The government also earns fees from taxes on sales, with a substantial portion already dedicated to transportation projects. All told, the federal government earns about $100 billion a year from fees and taxes on fossil fuel, according to a 2022 report from Resources for the Future, a nonprofit research group.

The United States had a budget deficit almost four times as high — $383 billion — just in the first two months of fiscal 2024 (which began Oct. 1), showing the folly of Trump’s logic.

“People don’t realize I brought taxes way down, way, way down. And yet we took in more revenues the following year than we did when the tax rate was much higher.”

This is poppycock. Before the pandemic, government revenue under Trump was always supposed to go up year after year, despite the tax cut. That’s because the tax cut merely slowed the growth of revenue; it did not reduce it. As predicted by congressional budget analysts, revenue went way down from what had been anticipated before Congress approved Trump’s tax cut, which (along with higher spending) was the reason the federal budget deficit soared despite a good economy — when ordinarily that would mean a reduced budget deficit.

“I will end every single international crisis that the current administration has created, including the horrible war with Russia and Ukraine, which would have never happened if I was president and the war caused by the attack on Israel, which would have never happened if I was president.”

There is no evidence that the invasion of Ukraine or the Hamas attack on Israel would not have happened if Trump had been president. In fact, before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Trump called Russian president Vladimir Putin a “genius” and “very savvy” for advancing on Ukraine.

“You got to say, that’s pretty savvy,” Trump said on a conservative talk radio show of Putin’s decision to declare certain breakaway regions in Ukraine as independent. “And you know what the response was from Biden? There was no response. They didn’t have one for that. No, it’s very sad. Very sad.” “This is genius,” Trump said. “Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine … Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful.”

Trump, in his speech, suggested that Iran funded the attack by Hamas but a link has not been established.

“They were ready to make a deal. Iran was going to make a deal with us.”

There is no evidence this is the case. Trump has sometimes claimed that Iran personally warned him they would attack a U.S. base and deliberately miss it. In reality, a vague warning without a target was given to the Iraqi president — and most of the missiles hit the base. No one was killed, but that was more a result of a well-planned evacuation than Iranian targeting. Despite no fatalities, many soldiers suffered serious brain injuries.

“They [Democrats] used covid to cheat [in the election] and [we’re] never going to let it happen again.”

More than sixty lawsuits were filed over the 2020 election, but not a single court identified fraud.

“Now Iran is very close to having a nuclear weapon, which would have never happened.”

Trump pulled out of an international nuclear agreement restraining Iran’s nuclear ambitions that had been negotiated over many years. European allies rejected Trump’s efforts to dismantle the deal and Iran ramped up its nuclear efforts. Biden tried to resurrect the deal, but could not bring Iran back to the negotiating table.

“Just a few short years ago under my presidency, we had the most secure border [in the history of our country].”

Annual apprehensions at the southwest border totaled 310,531 in fiscal year 2017, which included part of the Obama administration, and that was the lowest since 1971. But then the numbers spiked in Trump’s term, reaching 859,501 in fiscal year 2019, the highest since 2009. Apprehensions plunged in April 2020 because of lockdowns at the start of the pandemic.

“We had the greatest economy in the history of the world.”

One of Trump’s favorite falsehoods is that he created the greatest economy in U.S. history, but he amps it here to encompass the whole world. That’s ridiculous.

Before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and sent unemployment soaring, the president could certainly brag about the state of the economy in his first three years as president. But he ran into trouble when he made a play for the history books to say it was the best economy ever.

By just about any important measure, the economy under Trump did not do as well as it did under Presidents Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton. The gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in 2019, slipping from 2.9 percent in 2018 and 2.4 percent in 2017. But in 1997, 1998 and 1999, GDP grew 4.5 percent, 4.5 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively. Yet even that period paled in comparison with the 1950s and 1960s. Growth between 1962 and 1966 ranged from 4.4 percent to 6.6 percent. In postwar 1950 and 1951, it was 8.7 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

The unemployment rate reached a low of 3.5 percent under Trump, but for several months in 2023, the unemployment rate under Biden fell to as low as 3.4 percent. The unemployment rate dipped as low as 2.5 percent in 1953.

“We had no inflation.”

There was inflation under Trump — about 1.9 percent a year. That was pretty good but it was 1.4 percent a year under Obama.

“We’ve suffered the worst inflation we’ve ever had.”

Inflation under Biden has been the highest in four decades, but 9 percent is not the worst in history . It was 18 percent in 1946, more than 12 percent in 1974, more than 13 percent in 1979 and 12.5 percent in 1980. Many other years were at or near 9 percent.

“Our cities are flooded with illegal aliens. Americans are being squeezed out of the labor force and their jobs are taken. And by the way, you know who's taking the jobs? The jobs that are created, 107 percent of those jobs are taken by illegal aliens.”

Trump falsely says that undocumented immigrants are taking jobs from U.S. citizens. Employment for the native-born population has increased by more than 7.2 million under Biden, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . (We start from February 2021, the first full month that reflects employment under Biden.)

Meanwhile, employment of foreign-born workers increased about 5 million from February 2021 through June, BLS says . The agency says this figure includes more than just undocumented immigrants; it also includes legally admitted immigrants, refugees and temporary residents such as students and temporary workers.

“Under this administration, groceries are up 57 percent, gasoline is up 60 and 70 percent. Mortgage rates have quadrupled.”

These numbers are inflated. Food prices overall have risen 21.4 percent since Biden took office, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data that measures inflation for dairy products, meats, and fruits and vegetables.

As for gasoline, the price of crude oil was unusually low when Trump was in office because the coronavirus pandemic flattened economies around the world. After mass vaccination helped reopen many economies, demand increased again. But supply was lacking because oil producers decreased their production levels.

The retail price of gasoline was $2.64 a gallon in January 2021 when Trump left office. The price of regular gasoline now averages $3.52 a gallon, according to AAA . That’s an increase of 33 percent. (On an inflation-adjusted basis, gasoline now is slightly higher than the average of $3.20 over the last 106 years.)

As for mortgage rates, that is the result of Federal Reserve policy designed to tamp down inflation. But they did not quadruple. The average 30-year rate was 2.96 percent in 2021 and now is about 7 percent.

“We have more liquid gold under our feet than any other country by far. We are a nation that has the opportunity to make an absolute fortune with its energy.”

This is false. According to the Energy Information Administration , the United States has proven crude oil reserves of 44 billion barrels, which would put the country in 10th place. Venezuela, with 304 billion barrels of oil reserves, is in first place, followed by Saudi Arabia (259 billion), Iran (209 billion), Canada (170 billion) and Iraq (145 billion). The United States ranks fourth in the world in natural gas reserves .

“Under the Trump administration, just three and a half years ago, we were energy independent.”

Trump claims the United States energy independent because it exported more crude and refined products than it imported. (The United States still relied on other countries for its energy needs.) The situation has not changed under Biden. In 2023, the United States imported about 8.51 million barrels per day of petroleum and exported about 10.15 million barrels per day, according to the Energy Information Administration , making the United States still a net exporter.

“This is the only administration that said we’re going to raise your taxes by four times what you’re paying now.”

This is false. For five years, Biden has been consistent in saying he will not raise taxes on people making less than $400,000 a year, which leaves about the top 2 percent of taxpayers. Biden reiterated this pledge in the budget plan he released earlier this year.

“I will end the electric vehicle mandate on day one, thereby saving the U.S. auto industry from complete obliteration, which is happening right now.”

In April, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a regulation designed to promote a transition to more electric vehicles — part of a worldwide trend. The European Union, for instance, has mandated the sale of only zero-emission new cars by 2035.

There is no evidence that electric vehicles will lead to the end of the auto industry. Automakers have invested billions of dollars in electric-vehicle and battery manufacturing. A report issued by the Environmental Defense Fund in August said $93 billion of announced EV investments and nearly 85,000 in announced jobs took place in the 12 months after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. In a December research report , Goldman Sachs said that as a result of the Inflation Reduction Act, the United States could be self-sufficient in EV battery production — including mining, components and battery production — by 2030.

“I got rid of NAFTA, the worst trade deal ever made, and replaced it with USMCA, which is, they say, the best trade deal ever made.”

Trump falsely suggests he significantly overhauled the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) when he replaced it with USMCA. But the new agreement only made modest tweaks to NAFTA, such as modernizing trade rules in effect from 1994 to 2020, giving some wins to U.S. farmers and blue-collar workers in the auto sector. Some elements of the deal were borrowed from the Trans Pacific Partnership, the trade deal Trump scrapped at the start of his term. The U.S. International Trade Commission, which is tasked with evaluating the impact of trade agreements, calculated USMCA would have a relatively minor impact: The USMCA would raise U.S. real gross domestic product by $68.2 billion (0.35 percent) and U.S. employment by 176,000 jobs (0.12 percent).

As for NAFTA being the worst deal ever made, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service in 2017 concluded that the “net overall effect of the North American Free Trade Agreement on the U.S. economy appears to have been relatively modest, primarily because trade with Canada and Mexico accounts for a small percentage of U.S. GDP,” though it noted that “there were worker and firm adjustment costs as the three countries adjusted to more open trade and investment among their economies.”

“If you go back 20, 25 years, they’ve stolen, going to China and Mexico, about 68 percent of our auto industry manufacturing jobs.”

It’s unclear where Trump gets this figure; as president he would claim the number was 32 percent, but his administration never produced a source. Millions of manufacturing jobs and thousands of U.S. manufacturing establishments have disappeared since NAFTA took effect in 1994, but it’s difficult to isolate how much of that was because of NAFTA and not other factors, such as automation. The studies we reviewed indicate NAFTA had a modest effect on the U.S. economy.

“They’ve just hired, as you know, 88,000 [IRS] agents to go after them even more.”

Trump made this comment after he recounted a story about a waitress complaining about being taxed on her tips. This 88,000 figure is wildly exaggerated. The IRS employees have not yet all been hired and they are not all agents.

When Congress passed a bill to provide the IRS with an additional $80 billion in funding over 10 years, that money was to be used in part to hire 86,852 full-time employees in the next decade. But many of those employees would not be enforcement “agents” but people hired to improve information technology and customer service.

Treasury officials say that because of attrition, after 10 years of increasing spending, the size of the agency will have grown only 25 to 30 percent when the hiring burst is complete. The administration’s strategic plan for the IRS estimated that an additional 1,543 full-time employees would be hired for enforcement in 2023, or about 15 percent of newly hired staff. That would grow to 7,239 in 2024, or 37 percent of new staff. Biden administration officials have pledged that enforcement efforts to collect unpaid taxes will concentrate on those earning more than $400,000.

“I'm going to protect Social Security and Medicare. Democrats are going to destroy Social Security and Medicare because all of these people, by the millions, they’re coming in.”

This is false. Undocumented immigrants improve the health of Social Security and Medicare by paying payroll taxes without receiving benefits. In a fact check , we calculated the figure for Social Security payments made by undocumented immigrants is now about $27 billion. For Medicare, it should be at least $6 billion, as the Medicare tax is about 23 percent of the Social Security tax.

“The other countries weren’t accepting them back. And I called up and I said, tell them that we’re not giving them economic aid anymore.”

Trump told a long story about how he convinced countries that were not accepting the deportation gang members. He specifically mentioned MS-13, a transnational gang that formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s among members of the Salvadoran community who had fled violence and civil conflict in El Salvador. But he suggested the countries would not accept these gang members until he threatened to withhold aid. In his retelling, he claimed one official called him “sir” — usually a sign that Trump is telling a fable.

In reality, the United States deported hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador years before Trump took office. From 2013 to 2018, such deportations totaled 550,186. In fact, the Obama administration prioritized the deportations of gang members and individuals with criminal records. Trump, upon taking office, scrapped that priority list and allowed officials to prioritize nonviolent immigration offenders over violent ones.

“They’re coming from everywhere. They’re coming at levels that we’ve never seen before. It is an invasion, indeed. And this administration does absolutely nothing to stop them. They’re coming from prisons, they’re coming from jails. They’re coming from mental institutions and insane asylums.”

This is fantasy. Immigration experts know of no such effort by other countries.

As someone who came to prominence in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Trump appears to be channeling Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s 1980 Mariel boatlift . About 125,000 Cubans were allowed to flee to the United States in 1,700 boats — but there was a backlash when it was discovered that hundreds of refugees had been released from jails and mental health facilities.

Helen Fair, research associate at the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research in Britain , which tracks the world prison population (except for a handful of countries), says the numbers keep growing. In 2013, 10.2 million people were in prison — and that had grown to 10.77 million in 2021. A preliminary estimate for February 2024, not ready to be published, indicates the population has grown even more. “In short, I would disagree with Donald Trump’s assertion,” she said.

“Meanwhile, our crime rate is going up.”

This is false. Violent crime rates, especially for homicide in large cities, have fallen sharply during Biden’s presidency, after a surge during the pandemic. The violent crime rate is believed to be near its lowest level in 50 years .

“In Venezuela, Caracas. High crime, high crime. Caracas, Venezuela. Really a dangerous place, but not anymore. Because in Venezuela, crime is down 72 percent.”

There is no reliable data on crime in Venezuela — the government stopped publishing official data in 2015 — so it’s unclear where Trump gets this number. But it’s higher than what even the government says. In May, Venezuelan security officials announced that crime indicators had fallen by 25.1 percent compared to 2023, claiming that security forces had been successful in large-scale operations against criminal groups. Some experts believe the impossible-to-verify numbers are intended to boost the sagging popularity of the Nicolás Maduro government.

“We defeated 100 percent of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, something that was said to take five years. ‘Sir, it will take five years, sir.’ We did it in a matter of a couple of months.”

It took the United States and coalition partners more than two years to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) after Trump took office. In fact, President Barack Obama set up virtually all the structure that did the key fighting against the Islamic State under Trump, and more fighters were trained and munitions dropped under Obama than under Trump.

Under Obama, all Iraqi cities held by ISIS (with the exception of the western half of Mosul) — such as eastern Mosul, Fallujah, Ramadi and Tikrit — were retaken by the end of his term, as was much of the northeastern strip of Syria along the Turkish border. The basic plan of attack in 2017 was also developed under Obama, though Trump sped up the tempo by changing the rules of engagement.

As for “100 percent,” that’s exaggerated. The loss of physical territory did not mean the group was defeated. In August 2019, the Defense Department inspector general warned : “Despite losing its territorial ‘caliphate,’ the Islamic State … solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was resurging in Syria. The reduction of U.S. forces has decreased the support available for Syrian partner forces at a time when their forces need more training and equipping to respond to the ISIS resurgence.”

“It began to unravel with the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the worst humiliation in the history of our country.”

Biden essentially adhered to the timeline of withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan negotiated by Trump. The outcome might not have been much different if Trump had been reelected and was serving a second term at the time.

In March 2020, Trump approved an agreement with the Taliban (not the Afghan government) for U.S. forces to leave the country by May 2021. Despite abandoning many of Trump’s policies, President Biden decided to stick with this one, just stretching out the departure by a few months.

Trump originally celebrated Biden’s decision to stick with his original plan. “Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do. I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible,” he said in a written statement after Biden announced he would continue the departure set in motion by Trump.

At a political rally on June 26, weeks before the collapse of the Afghan government, Trump bragged that he had made it difficult for Biden to change course. “I started the process. All the troops are coming back home. They couldn’t stop the process,” he said. “Twenty-one years is enough, don’t we think? Twenty-one years. They [the Biden administration] couldn’t stop the process. They wanted to, but it was very tough to stop the process.”

Trump’s tone changed after the Afghan military crumbled faster than intelligence officials predicted.

“We also left behind [in Afghanistan] $85 billion worth of military equipment.”

This is a highly inflated number for which we have previously awarded Trump Three Pinocchios . It’s not invented out of whole cloth. But it reflects all the money spent to train, equip and house the Afghan military and police — so weapons are just a part of that. U.S. military equipment was given to Afghan security forces over two decades. Tanks, vehicles, helicopters and other gear fell into the hands of the Taliban when the U.S.-trained force quickly collapsed. In 2022, CNN reported that a Defense Department report estimated that $7 billion of military equipment had been left behind.

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Independence Day Speech [15 August]: How to Write a Powerful Speech

Independence Day Speech : Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated annually on August 15 in India. It marks the end of British rule in 1947, brought about by the Indian Independence Act of July 18 that year , and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation.

The day is celebrated with great fanfare across India, with parades, flag-hoisting ceremonies, speeches, and cultural events. It is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of those who fought for India’s independence and to celebrate the freedom and democracy that India enjoys today.

The History of Independence Day

  • The history of Independence Day in India can be traced back to the early 20th century when the Indian independence movement began to gain momentum. In 1929, the Indian National Congress (INC), the leading political party in India at the time, declared August 15 as Independence Day.
  • The INC’s declaration was met with widespread support across India, and on August 15, 1929 , people across the country celebrated the day as a symbol of their hope for independence.
  • The INC continued to celebrate Independence Day every year, and in 1947, their dream finally came true. On August 15, 1947 , India gained independence from Britain, and the day was declared a national holiday.

The Importance of Independence Day

  • Independence Day is an important day for India for many reasons. It is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of those who fought for India’s independence and to celebrate the freedom and democracy that India enjoys today.
  • Independence Day is also a day to reflect on the progress that India has made since independence and to look forward to the future. It is a day to reaffirm India’s commitment to democracy, secularism, and equality.

The Celebration of Independence Day

  • Independence Day is celebrated with great fanfare across India. Parades, flag-hoisting ceremonies, speeches, and cultural events are held in all major cities and towns.
  • The prime minister of India gives a speech on Independence Day, and the president of India hoists the national flag at the Red Fort in Delhi.
  • Independence Day is also a day for people to come together and celebrate their shared national identity. People of all faiths and backgrounds gather to celebrate India’s independence and reaffirm their commitment to the country’s future.

The Future of Independence Day

  • Independence Day is a day that is constantly evolving. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on celebrating the diversity of India on Independence Day.
  • There is also a growing emphasis on using Independence Day as a platform to promote social change. However, one thing that will never change is the importance of Independence Day to the people of India.

Independence Day is a day that is full of meaning for the people of India. Independence Day is a day that is constantly evolving, but one thing that will never change is its importance to the people of India.

  • Independence Day speeches are a great opportunity to reflect on the history of India’s independence movement and to honor the sacrifices of those who fought for freedom.
  • It is important to keep your audience in mind when writing an Independence Day speech. Make sure to use language that they will understand, and to focus on topics that are relevant to them.
  • Finally, don’t forget to have fun with your speech! Independence Day is a time to celebrate, so make sure your speech is full of energy and enthusiasm.

Here are some additional tips for writing an Independence Day speech:

  • Start by brainstorming a list of topics that you want to cover in your speech.
  • Once you have a list of topics, start to organize your thoughts and ideas.
  • Write a rough draft of your speech, and then revise it several times.
  • Practice your speech in front of a mirror or to a friend or family member.
  • Deliver your speech with confidence and enthusiasm.

Independence Day Speech Faqs:

What is independence day.

Independence Day is a national holiday celebrated annually on August 15 in India. It marks the end of British rule in 1947, brought about by the Indian Independence Act of July 18 that year, and the establishment of a free and independent Indian nation.

What are the most important aspects of an Independence Day speech?

The most important aspects of an Independence Day speech are to commemorate the sacrifices of those who fought for India's independence, to celebrate the freedom and democracy that India enjoys today, and to look forward to the future. The speech should also be inspiring and uplifting, and it should leave the audience feeling proud to be Indian.

What are some good topics to cover in an Independence Day speech?

Some good topics to cover in an Independence Day speech include the history of India's independence movement, the sacrifices of the freedom fighters, the progress that India has made since independence, and the challenges that India still faces. The speech could also include a call to action for the audience to work together to build a better future for India.

How can I write an SEO-friendly Independence Day speech?

To write an SEO-friendly Independence Day speech, you should use keywords throughout your speech, but don't overdo it. You should also use transition words to help your speech flow smoothly, and you should keep your paragraphs short and easy to read. You could also use images and videos to break up your text and make your speech more visually appealing.

What are some tips for delivering an Independence Day speech?

Some tips for delivering an Independence Day speech include practicing your speech in front of a mirror or to a friend or family member, arriving early on the day of the speech, and delivering your speech with confidence and enthusiasm. You should also make eye contact with the audience and speak clearly and loudly.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when giving an Independence Day speech?

Some common mistakes to avoid when giving an Independence Day speech include reading your speech from a script, using too many technical terms, and making your speech too long. You should also avoid making any controversial statements or offending any members of the audience.

What are some resources that can help me write an Independence Day speech?

There are several resources that can help you write an Independence Day speech. You can find examples of Independence Day speeches online, or you can consult with a speechwriter or writing coach. You can also find books and articles on the history of India's independence movement, which can provide you with inspiration for your speech.

What are some of the challenges of giving an Independence Day speech?

Some of the challenges of giving an Independence Day speech include speaking in front of a large audience, staying on topic, and delivering your speech clearly and concisely. You may also feel pressure to deliver a perfect speech, which can add to the challenge.

What are some of the rewards of giving an Independence Day speech?

Some of the rewards of giving an Independence Day speech include the opportunity to share your love of India with others, the chance to inspire and uplift the audience, and the satisfaction of knowing that you have made a difference. You may also receive positive feedback from the audience, which can be very rewarding.

What are some of the future trends in Independence Day speeches?

Some of the future trends in Independence Day speeches include a greater focus on diversity and inclusion, a more interactive format, and greater use of technology. Speeches may also become more personal and reflective, as speakers share their own stories and experiences.

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Independence Day is a historic day in our lives as Indians and is also one of those special occasions celebrated across the country. Therefore, such occasions call for welcome speeches. Preparing a welcome speech for Independence Day is not a task as the one who writes can transport their emotions to the body of the text. However, still, we have comprehensively covered welcome speeches on Independence Day so that you remain better informed on the subject and know a little bit more about the history through the medium of these speeches. Independence Day Welcome Speech.

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Greetings, everyone! Welcome to our Independence Day festivities. Today, we come together to pay tribute to our ancestors’ sacrifices and dedication to securing our freedom. As we hoist the flag and sing our national anthem, let’s recall the strength that stems from our unity and diversity.

On this special day, let’s celebrate with pride, honoring the sacrifices of our ancestors. Let’s unite as a nation to create a better tomorrow. Raise our tricolor flag, sing our national anthem with honor. Happy Independence Day to everyone.

Long and Short Welcome Speech for Independence Day in English

We have provided below both short and long welcome speeches on Independence Day. The following Independence Day welcome speech was written in simple language to convey the information easily.

Also, all the vital facts on Independence Day have been covered in the welcome speeches. Every incident around Independence Day, circumstances leading to Independence Day, and Independence Day celebration in schools, colleges, houses, and offices have been appropriately covered in the speeches.

These speeches will tremendously help you to recite a welcome speech on the occasion of Independence Day.

Independence Day Welcome Speech 1

Hon’ble Principal, Vice Principal, Teachers, and My Dear Friends – Warm Greetings to you all!

As you all know that we have gathered today to celebrate this big national event – the Independence Day of India. This day is the most auspicious in our nation’s history as it won back its freedom after many years of relentless struggle by our great freedom fighters.

Therefore, the momentous day, i.e., 15th August in 1947, was a golden moment in Indian history, the remembrance of which fills every Indian with a feeling of patriotism and comradeship, as we all feel bound by a common thread of nationalism. This day is celebrated with an equal amount of zeal and passion. The great freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in the independence struggle are remembered with a lot of reverence, and jawans (soldiers) who lost their lives on the battlefield are paid homage.

Therefore, I – Sarthak Pandey, from Standard XI (A), would want all of you to observe silence in the memory of our shaheed (martyred) jawans and vow to never let their sacrifice for protecting our country go waste. Their families are our families and, therefore, our responsibilities, so we should try to support them in whatever way we can. Only then will it be a real celebration of Independence Day. We can’t experience the painful journey of our freedom fighters by staying within our comfort zones.

But what we can do is build a strong nation from within through our good deeds and social acts. We should not only live for ourselves but for others as well. Only then will it be a peaceful coexistence. Always remember that this freedom is won after the sacrifice of many people and several decades of struggle for over a century.

I hope you all remember the great Indian soldier i.e., Mangal Pandey, in the British armed forces. He is credited with initiating the first revolt to overthrow British Rule, known as the “Revolt of 1857”. Later on, several freedom fighters joined the battlefield and spent their whole lives only achieving independence. It is impossible to brush aside the sacrifices made by Chandra Shekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, and Khudi Ram Bose, who died early to free the nation from the chains of slavery. Then we cannot forget the struggles of Gandhiji and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Now that we live and breathe in an Independent India, we should not take this freedom for granted and sincerely shoulder the responsibilities of our country and be ready to handle any national emergency or other issues.

This is all from my side, and now may I invite our respected principal on stage to address students and kick start the day’s events.

Thank you, everyone, for being such a patient listener. I am sure you all would have a wonderful time with us.

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Independence Day Welcome Speech 2

Warm Greetings of the Day Everyone – I hope this day finds you in the best of spirits!

I, Sourabh Chabra – the assistant manager of the ABC Group, welcome everyone to the Independence Day celebration in our office while giving a special mention to our board of directors and managers for taking their valuable time out and becoming a part of this celebration. Before we begin today’s events, I want to give a brief speech on Independence Day. As we all know that there are some colleagues from outside our country, it becomes our responsibility to familiarize them with our culture and tradition and most importantly with such days which are of great national importance.

Today, I feel incredibly proud of hosting this great day, and words will fall short of describing the sense of joy that I feel while standing here on the podium in front of you all. We should consider ourselves fortunate to live in an independent India as its citizen. We should also thank our predecessors and never forget their sacrifice in the Indian freedom struggle. We should pray to the lord to give us the strength and courage to dedicate our lives to the service of our country.

For this, we are not expected to fight on borders only; we can become the responsible citizen of our country by doing social service, i.e., helping our fellow countrymen in their noble pursuits, serving mankind, by contributing to the economic and social growth of our country, by helping eradicate social evils, such as poverty, corruption, marginalization of women, etc. from our country.

So let us not waste the sacrifice of our forefathers and wisely utilize the resources of our country to bring it to the top of the list of the world’s developed countries. Let’s also understand the importance of our national flag, Tiranga Jhanda .

On this day, the national flag of India is hoisted in different state capitals and union territories by various political leaders who also deliver a speech on Independence Day. We also sing desh bhakti (patriotic) songs which fill us with nationalistic fervor. Interestingly, various dramas and stage plays are enacted on this day, giving a vivid enactment of the Independence Day struggle and the bravery of our martyrs.

So this day is not only about bringing family and friends together and enjoying the shows on television, but it’s also a day to remember all the great souls who have made us live the dream of an Independent India. This day is very special because we forget our differences of caste and creed as well other political discrepancies and come together to revel in the glory of our nation.

Let’s celebrate this day together, leaving all our professional competencies and differences behind. Cheers to this day and Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!

Independence Day Welcome Speech 3

Hello Everyone – I hope you all are doing well!

A warm welcome to the Independence Day Celebration in our ……. society clubhouse! I, Abhishek Tripathi, the secretary of our society, feel extremely glad to see all of you gathered for the celebration today. I hope you all are equally excited as much as I am.

But before we kick start the celebration, please allow me to deliver a short speech on the importance of this day. Our children need to realize the importance of such days, which are of great national importance. I feel that in the present times, our children are moving towards modernization so much that they are diverting from their roots and, at times, fail to realize that they are slowly and gradually becoming detached from everything that has given them their identity. They are adopting western culture and lifestyle so much that they cannot embrace the rich cultural civilization of their native land.

So it’s a humble request to all the parents and even children to trace our nation’s history and find out how our great freedom fighters fought the battle with the Britishers who had once had a sweeping influence over our lives. Recollecting their memories and acknowledging their great contribution to the freedom movement will mean paying homage to them in the true sense of the term. Also, we should understand that this freedom is hard-won and must be preserved at all costs. As a nation, we should stand united and never let the differences crop in so much between us cultural, geographical, and political differences that the outsiders start taking advantage of us. Instead of progressing, we begin facing a steep decline.

Children, please understand that we can serve our nation in ways more than one. We don’t necessarily have to become a soldier or fight on the battlefield to be truly called the son/daughter of the nation. We can do that by being the best in whatever we do. For instance, if anyone among you becomes a doctor, your responsibility would be to serve mankind in the best manner possible. It is also very important to sometimes work selflessly and help uplift the weaker section of society, so if you have to attend to a patient who cannot afford expensive medicines or treatment, your job would be to give them medical treatment free of cost.

I hope the message I want to convey through my speech is loud and clear, and I am sure everyone in the audience will support my point of view. We all live for ourselves, but to make our lives mean, we should sometimes live for others. Only then would we be able to make our lives worth it.

This is all for today, and now may we begin with today’s performances.

Thank you and Jai Hind!

Independence Day Welcome Speech 4

Respected Principal, Vice Principal, Guest of Honor, Teachers, and My Dear Students – Warm Welcome to Everyone!

I, Sormishtha Panja, Class–XII (B) class teacher, wish everyone a Happy Independence Day. This is the 77th Independence Day, and the day is etched on our minds with a strong impression. After all, how can we forget the sacrifice of our great freedom fighters, who had put up a brave front in front of the British army and did not give up at any cost? 15th August 1947 was a moment of great pride and national glory for all the Indians.

Therefore, on this auspicious occasion, when India became free from bondage and emerged as an independent nation, we must recall the sacrifice of our Indian leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi Ji and Jawaharlal Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Sarojini Naidu, and others. They fought selflessly for their motherland and put at stake everything they had, such as their lives, their families, etc. Then how can we forget their sacrifice so easily and take this freedom for granted?

This day is, therefore, not only celebrated because India became free but also to commemorate the memories of our great freedom fighters. On the eve of this historical day, i.e., 15th August 1947, our first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, addressed the Parliament and gave his first most famous speech, i.e., “Tryst with Destiny,” proclaiming the freedom of our country at midnight. This proclamation uplifted the spirit of our countrymen as India was, at last, living its dream of a free nation, free from domination and oppression under the rule of the Britishers. It was a great historic day as our country at last managed to shake off the shackles of foreign rule and become an independent nation. It was, of course, the night of merriment all across the country.

However, when you gain something, on the one hand, you lose another thing on the other. Owing to the rising disparities between the Muslim and Hindu communities, the demand for a new Muslim nation gained stronger ground. Sindh and Punjab were divided into the northwest province of India to give birth to a new nation. The formation of Pakistan took place on the 14th of August; hence they celebrate Independence Day on that very day itself.

To celebrate 15th August, an official ceremony is organized at the Red Fort, situated in the national capital. Our Hon’ble prime minister hoists the Tiranga Jhanda at the Red Fort to pay homage to our motherland and honor the freedom won by our brave freedom fighters. The speech of our prime minister is the major highlight of the day. Patriotic songs are sung by our children in their schools and colleges and at workplaces by their colleagues.

So everyone, let us also, without any further ado, kick start the celebration and cheer for our participants.

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Independence Day Speech | Speech on Independence Day for Students and Children in English

February 8, 2024 by Prasanna

Independence Day Speech:  The Independence Day of India marks the freedom of the country from the British Empire in the year 1947. Hence to commemorate that glorious day, 15th August of every year is observed as a national holiday in India.

On the occasion of Indian Independence Day, citizens of the country celebrate by hoisting the tricolor Indian flag and salute it while singing our national anthem. Military marches and other programs surrounding this special day rekindle the spirit of patriotism in Indians as we celebrate it with many warm regards. Students can also get 10 Lines on Independence Day from here.

Students can also find more  English Speech Writing  about Welcome Speeches, Farewell Speeches, etc

Long And Short Speeches on Independence Day for Kids And Students in English

We are providing a long Independence Day Speech of 500 words and a short Independence Day Speech of 150 along with ten lines on the same topic for the readers.

These speeches will be useful for students and anyone else who might be required to write or give a speech on the occasion of Independence Day of India.

A Long Independence Day Speech is helpful to students of classes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. A Short Independence Day Speech is helpful to students of classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Long Independence Day Speech 500 Words In English

Good morning!

Today is an essential day of the year for our country because it marks the completion of 73 years of Independence. I doubt hardly any of us present here who was lucky enough to hear India’s tryst of destiny on the midnight of 15th August of the year 1947.

We might have read about the struggles of Indian men and women under British rule and their contribution to bringing this country freedom, but I can assure that only the iceberg’s peak is known. What we read is incomparable to the sacrifices made and the hardships our ancestors and country people had do go through for approximately 190 years.

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The blood of martyrs unless India got freedom used to haunt the country, but now that same blood that brought this country freedom is as precious as the blood being pumped in every Indian at present.

The celebration of Independence Day is done quite vastly in India. On this day, the cities and our hearts reflect the tri-color notion of the nation’s flag, and the anthem can be heard from different directions.

Even though Independence Day is observed as a national holiday but it is expected of students and employees (irrespective of government or private sector) to attend the flag hoisting ceremony held on the grounds or roof-top.

On Independence Day, schools and colleges organize a special program along with the flag hoisting ceremony. That function is done to celebrate the notion of independence and also to pay tribute to the freedom fighters because of whom we can celebrate this day.

The functions of Independence Day normally comprise of independence of India concept based skits or plays, speeches by students or employees. Other performances on Independence Day event that are common are recitation, solo/duet/choir patriotic song singing, dances on the patriotic songs that fill audiences’ hearts with gratitude for the sacrifices made for bringing us freedom.

In the nation’s capital, to be precise in Red Fort, Independence Day is celebrated every year in the presence of political and social dignitaries. They pay their homage to the nation’s superheroes, freedom fighters. The flag of the country is hoisted in the presence of Prime Minister and the President.

Chief Ministers or Governors are present to celebrate Independence Day along with the citizens of the state in a common ground every year. Independence Day is a very colorful occasion in India, and on this day, parades are organized by the army on Red Road, Delhi, and Kolkata. Tableaux are the special attractions during the approximately two hours long program.

The tradition of celebrating Independence Day is upheld in India so that the young generations are aware of the sacrifices once made to make this country a better place to live for them. Also, the youth is made aware of the developments that have taken place since India got independence.

In conclusion, bringing independence to India by freeing it from the British Rule was not easy. And 15th August of every year is celebrated to pay respect to the culmination of struggle, hardships, and sacrifices made by Indians to bring this country freedom.

Short Independence Day Speech 150 Words In English 

Short Independence Day Speech 150 Words In English

Happy Independence Day to everyone present here!

After the struggle of almost two hundred years, on the dawn of this day exactly 73 years ago, India was freed from the shackles of foreign rule. The declaration of freedom was probably the happiest thing that could have happened to India.

In the span of those two hundred years before 1947, Indians had to suffer from endless pains that were caused by the Britishers. British rulers did racial discrimination, political and social, oppression, execution of crowds that rebelled, and many more such evils. After much struggle, sacrifices, and continuous hardships, our freedom fighters were able to overthrow the faulty ruling system of Britishers.

On the occasion of Independence Day, several events that are organized are done to express and rekindle the spirit of patriotism and brotherhood among Indians. Flag hoisting and parade were done by the military are commonly noticed all over the country on 15th August of every year.

Let us pay our respects to all those martyrs who brought freedom to India. Jai Hind.

10 Lines On Independence Day Speech In English

  • The auspicious and happy day of Indian Independence has a much longer tragic past.
  • The glory of this country should be kept up by us Indians.
  • Because of such many struggles and sacrifices made by our freedom fighters, India and Indians now stand with heads held high.
  • For almost two centuries, British colonial rule prevailed in India.
  • Never again should this country and its people have to drop their heads low.
  • As Indian citizens, we should not consider this day for only hoisting the flag and distributing sweets.
  • The Independence Day of India should not be taken for granted as people often forget the true meaning behind the celebration.
  • India’s economic, social, and political developments are showcased on a global basis when people come to know about Independence Day.
  • The hoisting of the flag in every house is popular on the day of Independence.
  • Indians should celebrate the occasion of Independence Day with pride, dignity, and in the utmost respectable manner.

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FAQ’s On Independence Day Speech

Question 1. Other than the significance of each color, what else does the tri-colored Indian flag symbolizes?

Answer: The Indian flag symbolizes all the hardships faced by countrymen and women for 200 years, and it is also the symbol of change.

Question 2. Jallianwala Bagh massacre was the result of which commission passed by the British Government?

Answer: Hunter Commission of 1919, which was originally prepared by William Wilson Hunter in 1882.

Question 3. Name some books written on Indian Independence?

Answer: Some popular books on Indian Independence are:

  • India’s First War of Independence by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
  • Anandamath by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
  • Freedom at Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins

Question 4. Name some books written by Jawaharlal Nehru.

Answer: Some popular books written by Jawaharlal Nehru are The Discovery of India, Letters from a Father to His Daughter, Glimpses of World History, etc.

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Leon County spokesman suspended without pay for 2 weeks over anti-Trump post

Leon County chief spokesperson Mathieu Cavell will be suspended for two weeks without pay after appearing in a July 4 Facebook post in which he and his wife used sparklers to spell out the phrase "F--- MAGA," referring to "Make America Great Again," the longtime motto of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

That's according to an internal investigative report that was released Friday. The suspension is ongoing, county spokesperson Kianna Gilley told the Tallahassee Democrat, with Cavell expected to return to work on Monday, July 22.

The combined human resources and legal inquiry was sparked after Cavell's wife took to Facebook to share their Independence Day activity: "We've done it again y'all - SPARKLER ART! ... Happy 4th." She tagged Cavell in the post.

After pushback from local conservatives on social media, including Leon County Republican Party chair and state GOP chief Evan Power, County Administrator Vince Long ordered a review.

"This is a disciplinary action I have never taken with a county employee (but), as I have said before, Mr. Cavell has been an exemplar," Long wrote in an email to county commissioners. "He will have the opportunity to demonstrate that again soon and to earn the trust of all the people we serve going forward."

The review included a timeline of events from the moment the post was made and leading up to the investigation, as well as legal findings and county policy, which says in part, "If an employee's outside conduct impairs the reputation of the County ... then the appropriate supervisory authority is justified in taking disciplinary action."

The county bolstered its decision on retaining Cavell as an employee using employment-related case law, part of which says that "a public employee has less First Amendment interest in speech that is ‘disrespectful, demeaning, insulting and rude,’ even on a matter of public concern.”

The review also determined Cavell had Facebook settings on in which, when he is tagged in a post, it appears on his personal page. In an interview with county staff, Cavell said he was initially unaware of the post and then asked his wife to remove it, which she did.

'Free speech will no longer be permitted on the 4th of July'

As previously reported by the Democrat, the post caught fire when it was reposted from Facebook to X by Power with the comment, "Uniting 4th of July message to share." From there it was reposted by the Leon GOP X account, where other local conservatives piled on.

Cavell "also manages the Division of Emergency Management, Community and Media Relations, and Tourism," the report explained. He "is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to you, as County Administrator," referring to Long, who first put Cavell on paid administrative leave.

Tallahassee City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow and Leon County Commissioner David O'Keefe spoke out on their own X accounts.

O'Keefe responded with a screenshot of the First Amendment and said Leon County employees "enjoy freedom of speech in their personal lives." Matlow added that "free speech will no longer be permitted on the 4th of July in the MAGA GOP."

Power asked Matlow online whether he had any issues with the post, especially because it involved a county employee. Matlow answered: "I think 'Let's go Brandon' flags are tacky, but I'll fight for your right to fly one."

Long used Leon County government's X account to respond that the Facebook post Cavell was in "does not express any official position of the county, was not made on an official county platform, was not posted during work hours, and was not posted by a county employee."

Arianna Otero  is the City Solutions Reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact her via email at  [email protected]  or on Twitter/X:  @ari_v_otero .

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Independence Day Speech – Speech on 15 August

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Independence Day Speech 1 – Short Speech on 15 August

Good Morning Principal Sir/Madam, teachers and friends. Today I am going to give a short speech on Independence Day.

It is our 73 rd Independence Day, today. We must take part in the events with devotion. It is very important to honor the flag and sing national anthem. We must remember our brave freedom fighters on this day.

We should be dressed like Bapu, Chacha Nehru, and Bhagat Singh in order to remember them. Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs must celebrate the day together. It is also a national holiday today.

It was very pleasing to address you all. Thank You! Happy Independence Day!

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Independence Day Speech 2 – Short Speech on 15 August

Dear Principal Sir/Madam, teachers and friends. Today, we have come here to celebrate the 73 rd Independence Day of India.

On 15 th August in 1947 we got independence from Britishers. First Prime Minister of India, Chacha Nehru, raised the Indian flag at Red Fort in New Delhi. He also gave his famous speech that day. It was called “Tryst with Destiny”.

India became a free nation on this day. Freedom was not easy to get. Many brave freedom fighters had died. They had died to make the country free. We should remember their courage and fight.

They bravely fought for 200 years. We must remember them and honor them. Raise the flag high and sing national songs. Do not put the flag down. Do not tear the flag. Freedom is very important, so keep it safe. With this I end my speech.

Thank you and Happy Independence Day to all!

Independence Day Speech 3 – Short Speech on 15 August

Respected; Principal, teachers, staff members and all my dear friends. I welcome you all from the bottom of my heart on this day of national reverence, when we celebrate the country’s 73 rd Independence Day, today.

I feel immensely honoured to having been given an opportunity to address you all on such a significant occasion and express my own views.

As we all know that India gained independence on August 15, 1947. It was on this day that the British departed from Indian soil, transferring the legislative powers to the Indian Constituent Assembly. In other words, India was now to be ruled by its own people and not by foreign invaders.

It was the most joyous moment in the history of India as it came following nearly two centuries of struggle and revolutions against British sovereignty. The day reminds us of the valour and sacrifices of our fellow countrymen, who were the torchbearers of the freedom struggle.

Let us celebrate this Independence Day to commemorate the indomitable spirit of our freedom fighters and political patrons of that time. It is because of them that we enjoy the fruits of freedom today.

Independence Day Speech 4 – Short Speech on 15 August

Respected Principal Sir, teachers, guests and my dear friends. It’s an honour for me to address you all on our 73 rd Independence Day, today.

As we all know that it was on this fateful day in 1947, that we gained independence, thanks to the freedom fighters and political visionaries of that time. They had envisioned a free and united India, and fought courageously against British invaders to make their dream true.

Finally, their dream was realized on 15 th August 1947; though, the nation had to pay heavy price for it. With the joy of independence, came the sorrow of partition.

The celebration of Independence was marred by the formation of Dominion of Pakistan on 14 th August, 1947 and battered by the communal violence following it.

When half of India was rejoicing its independence, half of it was burning from communal riots. This wasn’t something that our freedom fighters and political leaders could have imagined, while struggling for independence.

Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Chandrasekhar Azad, didn’t sacrifice their lives to see fellow Indians slitting each other’s throat on communal grounds. They envisioned an India having communal, religious and cultural harmony.

It is impossible to change history, but we can always change the future and make new history. Independence Day was indeed one of the most significant days in the history of India, but we must also remember those who have sacrificed their lives to make us live this day.  Also, we must not forget that any kind of demographic division on the basis of religion, caste or creed will only hamper our progress.

Let us end the speech with a pledge to maintain the sovereignty and equality of the nation and to remember those who lost their lives to give us independence. Jai Hind!!

Independence Day Speech 5 –  Long Speech on 15 August

Good morning to all my respected teachers, parents and dear friends. Today we have gathered here to celebrate this great national event. As we all know that Independence day is an auspicious occasion for all of us. India’s Independence Day is the most important day to all the Indian citizens and has been mentioned forever in the history.

It is the day when we got freedom from the British rule after many years of hard struggle by the great freedom fighters of India. We celebrate independence day every year on 15 th of August to remember the first day of freedom of India as well as remember all the sacrifices of the great leaders who have sacrificed their lives in getting freedom for India.

India got independence on 15 th of August in 1947 from the British rule. After independence we got our all the fundamental rights in our own Nation, our Motherland. We all should feel proud to be an Indian and admire our fortune that we took birth on the land of an Independent India. History of slave India reveals everything that how our ancestors and forefathers had worked hard and suffered all the brutal behavior of Britishers.

We cannot imagine by sitting here that how hard the independence was for India from the British rule. It took sacrifices of lives of many freedom fighters and several decades of struggle from 1857 to 1947. An Indian soldier (Mangal Pandey) in the British force had first raised his voice against Britishers for the independence of India.

Later several great freedom fighters had struggled and spent their whole life only for getting freedom. We can never forget the sacrifices of the Bhagat Singh, Khudi Ram Bose and Chandra Sekhar Azad who had lost their lives in their early age just for fighting for their country. How can we ignore all the struggles of Netaji and Gandhiji. Gandhiji was a great Indian personalities who taught Indians a big lesson of non-violence. He was the one and only who lead India to get freedom with the help of non-violence. Finally the result of long years of struggle came in front on 15 th of August 1947 when India got freedom.

We are so lucky that our forefathers have given us a land of peace and happy where we can sleep whole night without fear and enjoy whole day in our school or home. Our country is developing very fast in the field of technology, education, sports, finance and various other fields which were almost impossible before freedom. India is one of the countries rich in nuclear power. We are going ahead by actively participating in the sports like Olympics, Commonwealth games and Asian games.

We have full rights to chose our government and enjoy largest democracy in the world. Yes, we are free and have complete freedom however we should not understand ourselves free of responsibilities towards our country. As being responsible citizens of the country, we should be always ready to handle any emergency condition in our country.

Jai Hind, Jai Bharat.

Independence Day Speech 6 –  Long Speech on 15 August

A very warm good morning to the respected teachers and my dear friends gathered here. Today we are gathered here to celebrate this auspicious occasion of Independence day on 15 th of August. We celebrate this day with lots of enthusiasm and joy every year because our country got freedom at this day in 1947 from the British rule. We are here to celebrate nth number of independence day. It is great and most significant day for all Indians. People of India had suffered cruel behavior of Britishers for many years.

Today we have freedom in almost all fields such as education, sports, transportation, business, etc just because of the years of struggle of our forefathers. Before 1947, people were not so free even they were restricted to have rights on their own body and mind. They were slave of Britishers and forced to follow all the orders of them. Today we are free to do anything because of the great Indian leaders who struggled hard for many years to get freedom against British rule.

Independence day is celebrated all over India with much pleasure. This day is of great importance to all Indian citizens as it gives us opportunity to remember all those freedom fighters who had sacrificed their lives just for giving us a beautiful and peaceful life. Earlier to the independence, people were not allowed to get education, eat healthy food and live normal life like us. We should be grateful to those events responsible for the freedom in India. Indians were treated more badly than slaves by the Britishers just to fulfill their meaningless orders.

Some of the great freedom fighters of India are Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawahar Lal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhiji, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajpath Ray, Bhagat Singh, Khudi Ram Bose and Chandra Sekhar Azad. They were famous patriots who struggled hard for the freedom of India till the end of their life. We cannot imagine that horrible moment struggled by our forefathers.

Now, after many years of independence our country is on the right track of development. Today our country is a well established democratic country all over the world. Gandhiji was great leader who taught us about effective way of freedom like ahimsa and sathyagraha methods. Gandhi dreamed of an independent India with the non violence and peace.

India is our mother country and we are its citizens. We should always be ready to save it from the bad people. It is our responsibility to lead our country ahead and make it a best country of the world.

Independence Day Speech 7 –  Long Speech on 15 August

Very good morning to the honorable Chief Guest of the day, respected teachers, parents and my all dear friends. I wish you all a very Happy Independence Day. We all know the reason of get together here in such a big crowd. We all are excited celebrating this great day in such an excellent manner. We are gathered here to celebrate 73rd independence day of our nation.

First of all we hoist our honorable national flag then give a salute to all the heroic deeds of the freedom fighters. I am feeling so proud to be an Indian citizen. I have such a great chance to give a speech on the Independence Day in front of you all. I would like to say thanks to my respected class teacher that she has given me an opportunity to share my views with you all about the freedom of India.

We celebrate Independence day every year on 15 th of August because India got freedom on the night of 14 th of August in 1947. Just after the independence of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had given a speech on the Independence day in New Delhi. When people all over the world were sleeping, people in India were waking to get freedom and life from the British rule. Now, after the independence, India has been a largest democratic country in the world. Our country is a most famous country for the saying of unity in diversity. It face many incidents testing its secularism however Indian people become always ready to answer with their unity.

Because of the hard struggles of our forefathers we are now able to enjoy the freedom and breathe fresh air according to our wish. Getting freedom from the Britishers was really an impossible task our forefathers did with their continuous efforts. We can never forget their works and always remember them through the history. We cannot remember all the deeds of all the freedom fighters in a day only however can give them a heartily salute. They would always be in our memories and way of inspiration to us whole life.

Today is the very significant day for all Indians which we celebrate remembering sacrifices of great Indian leaders who had given their lives for the freedom and prosperity of the country. Freedom of India was possible because of the cooperation, sacrifice and involvement of all the Indians. We should value and salute all the Indian citizens because they are the real national heroes. We should keep faith in the secularism and never be separate to maintain the unity so that no one can break and rule again.

We should take an oath today of being highly responsible and well-educated citizens of the tomorrow India. We should sincerely perform our duty and do work hard to get the goal and successfully lead this democratic nation.

Independence Day Speech 8 –  Long Speech on 15 August

A very good morning to the excellencies, respected teachers and my dear colleagues. We are gathered here to celebrate nth Independence day. I am very happy to speech here on this great occasion. I am very grateful to my class teacher to give me such a special opportunity to say my views on the independence day of my country. At this special occasion of independence day I would like to speech on the India’s struggle for getting freedom from the British rule.

Long years ago, great Indian leaders were made a tryst with the destiny to give us a free and peaceful country by sacrificing their comfort of life. Today we are gathered here to celebrate independence day without any fear and having happy face just because of our brave forefathers.

We cannot imagine that how the moment was critical at that time. We have nothing to give our forefathers in return for their precious hard works and sacrifices. We can only remember them and their deeds and make a heartily salute while celebrating the national events. They would always be in our hearts. After the independence India get new birth with happy face of all Indian citizens.

India got independence on 15 th of August in 1947 from the clutches of British rule. Indian people all over the country celebrate this national festival annually with lots of joy and enthusiasm. It was great day for all the Indian citizens when India’s tricolor flag was unfolded by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, at the Red Fort, Delhi.

A huge celebration takes place in New Delhi at Rajpath every year where national anthem is sung after the flag hoisting by prime minster. Together with the national anthem a salute through 21 guns firing and showering of flowers through helicopter is given to the national flag. Independence day is a national holiday however everyone celebrate this from their own places by hosting the flags in schools, offices or society. We should feel proud to be an Indian and try our best to save the honor of our country.

Long Speech on Independence Day of India 9 – Speech on 15 August

Hon’ble Guests of Honor, Senior Managers, Managers, other Staff Members and My Dear Friends – Warm Greetings to all of you!

I am feeling extremely glad to have been standing in front of you and hosting this invigorating day on the eve of Independence Day. We as Indians very well realize the importance of Independence Day and should be filled with utmost pride to have finally won back our freedom from the shackles of British rule. It gives me a sense of immense joy which is indescribable in words when I see our national flag soaring in the wind high up.

I am sure you can relate with my emotions. Needless to say, Independence Day is celebrated on 15 th of August every year and it is in the year 1947 that India emerged as a free nation. Since this is a day of great historical importance for all the Indians, national holiday is being declared in India and all of us celebrate Independence Day with great warmth and show.

This is just a brief about Independence Day, but does anyone here know about the period of British Raj? Well, let me share with you all that it was between 1858 until 1947 that the Britishers colonized our Indian subcontinent. This time period is called the British Raj period.

Now, it becomes even more interesting to know how the British colonial rule began in our country. When the East India Company arrived in India, they were stripped of the goods and land of Indian citizens by conspiracy and Queen Victoria making it all the property of the monarchy.

The East India Company was founded in 1600 under Royal Charter during the monarchical reign of Elizabeth I. Though apparently its chief aim was to trade, it eventually became an indomitable force of colonization controlling the most part of our Indian subcontinent. The people living in the Indian subcontinent during that time became the subjects of the British colonial rule under Queen Victoria and subsequently other monarchs who came after her.

I am sure we all can gauge that gaining independence under such challenging situation was not an easy task, but required long and persistent efforts. One of the most prominent personalities who chiefly contributed towards gaining independence was Mahatma Gandhi or what we usually address him as Bapu .

What makes him even a greater personality is the fact that he achieved independence by not following the path of violence or bloodshed, but through his policy of non-violence wherein he did not oppose the rule of Britishers through armed fighting rather he with his followers started the non-violence campaign which comprised hunger strikes and civil disobedience. Their concerted efforts ultimately brought an end to the British Raj in our country. British rule was given an official garb under the name of “British administration of India” and under that garb Indians had to undergo a lot of pain and trauma.

We should salute those heroic spirits and pay our homage to them by remembering their brave deeds and sacrifice for our mother land and never forget that it is because of their efforts that we stand today and breathe in an Independent India.

But the seeds of self-governance in our country were laid down much before India won its independence. In the 19 th century, several Indian councilors were appointed on various advisory roles. They were hired for the advisory support of the British viceroys who continued to rule across the major parts of India. In the year 1892, a law known as the Indian Councils Act came into being with a view to empower these councilors as well as other Indian officials. But they remained under the higher British authority and had to put up with the prejudices of the white men to be able to reach the pinnacle of success in their jobs.

It was somewhat in the midnight between 14 th August and daytime of 15 th August 1947 that the treaty of Indian sovereignty was signed. This was a time when George VI was ruling as the king in Britain and Clement Attlee was their prime minister. In India Jawaharlal Nehru became the prime minister of independent India and Britain renounced his rule over India. The Britishers no longer had anything to do with the Indian affairs.

Even though we do not bear witness to those times, but we can understand very well the intensity of that crucial time when our country actually gained independence. We cannot help but feel proud of it. However, the declaration of freedom came in written in the year 1929, which is much earlier. This declaration happened along with the great freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi and other known figures, who hoisted the Indian Flag.

It was indeed a big moment for all the Indians. The day of declaration of Indian independence is called as Purna Swaraj . It is quite significant to understand that even though India gained independence in the year 1947, it was only in the 1950s that India’s official constitution as an independent nation came into effect. The period in between was a transition phase in the form of 3 intervening years.

So how can we Indians let go off this momentous day in normalcy and not celebrate this historic day with great pomp and show. So on this day of great historical importance, our prime minister visits Red Fort and hoists the Indian National Flag or our Tricolor (Tiranga). Post that the national anthem is being sung. It is then followed by a stirring speech delivered by our prime minister to the people of its country. Now, the 73rd Independence Day will be celebrated on August 15 th , 2018.  The whole sight looks so spectacular and mesmerizing that we can’t help but remain in awe while witnessing the whole ceremony.

In the end, all that can be said is freedom is priceless and our soldiers are so brave that they are continuously fighting on borders in order to protect our country from any militant or terrorist group. So we should never fail to value this freedom and preserve it wholeheartedly.

This is all I can say, Jai Hind!

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Published on 21 July 2024

Independence Day is the national festival of India observed on the 15th of August, and we celebrate it with great enthusiasm and patriotism. This year, we will be celebrating our 77th Independence Day. On this day, we honour the memory of the great warriors and freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to make India an independent nation.  

As India’s 78th independence day is approaching the teachers often ask students to prepare a speech for the auspicious day. If you are the one who is also looking for ideas to come up with an impressive speech, then you are on the right page.

Here readers will get various samples of the speech which will help them to win the hearts of their audiences. Along with the speech, we have also shared some important tips and formats to ace it by engaging the audience.  

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Here in this section, you will find a short speech of 10 lines for kids. By this, they can easily get an insight into Independence Day and its importance.

  • India got independence on 15th August 1947 from British Rule.
  • Before Independence India was a British colony and during that period our people suffered a lot and sacrificed their lives.
  • People born after independence must feel proud as they are fortunate to be born in an independent India. Therefore, they must acknowledge the sacrifice of our freedom fighters.
  • After independence, we got our own constitution and are able to enjoy our fundamental rights.
  • We should all be proud to be Indian and admire our fortune to have been born in the land of Independent India.
  • From 1857 to 1947, history has noticed several revolutions and sacrifices of our great leaders and freedom fighters.
  • We should not forget the sacrifices of all the freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Sekhar Azad, and millions of others whose names are not even known but they fought to make India free from the colonial rule of Britishers.
  • We should remember the teachings of freedom fighters like Gandhiji’s non-violence philosophy and should follow it in our lives.
  • On this auspicious occasion of Independence Day National Flag is unfurled and the national anthem is recited by the people across the country.

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1 Minute Independence Day Speech

1 Minute Independence Day speech: India celebrates Independence Day every year on 15 August, when British rule ended in 1947. It is a national holiday. Every year, the prime minister hoisted the national flag at Red Fort. Schools and Colleges celebrate this day by delivering speeches, patriotic songs, and many more. This 1 minute Independence Day speech will give you an idea of how to write the speech.

How to write a good speech ?

  • Introduce yourself
  • Structure your speech
  • Avoid long sentence
  • Focus on topic
  • Look at the audience
  • End the speech with a poem or idioms

1 minute Independence Day speech

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; where the knowledge is free, where the world has not been broken up into fragments but narrow domestic walls; where the world come out from the depth of truth; where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection; where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action into that heaven of freedom, my father let my country awake”

Greetings everyone,

Today we all are gathered here to celebrate the 78th Independence Day of India and give tribute to our freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for us. We cannot understand the pain of being enslaved. We are living in peace because they sacrificed themselves for our independence. Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, and many others devoted their whole lives to free our country from British rule. The fight for independence started in 1857 which result in the mass movement of Indians in 1885. Then Mahatma Gandhi came forward and many more to fight.

So, let’s try to remember our achievements after independence. After the day of Independence, India gave the right to vote to every grown-up. The Railway network was nationalized in 1951 and now it is one of the world’s largest railway networks. India took its first election in 1951, making Jawahar Lal Nehru the first prime minister of India . In 1983, India won its first world cup. In 2008, India won its first gold medal at the Olympics games. We can say that India is only going forward and forward.

Today, we have the freedom to follow the Right to Education, Right to speak, and many more. Our country is one of the largest democracies in the world. India is one of the largest countries in the world of doctors, engineers, and Scientists. We’ve come a long way after independence.

Our free fighters have also taught us some lifelong lessons.

Take a stand for what you trust in – If Mahatma Gandhi wouldn’t take a stand for us or if Bhagat wouldn’t spoken for us, where we would’ve been? So do not be afraid to speak. Do not hesitate to take a stand, if you think something is wrong.

Change starts from you – Don’t ask or wait for change. Things will only change when you’ll start changing. If you think that your colony should be clean, then start by cleaning your room.

Dreaming- If our freedom fighters have dreamed of an independent India, that is the reason why they were able to achieve it. Never stop dreaming because if you stop dreaming, you stop living.

So, today on the occasion of Independence Day, let’s make a promise to ourselves that we will always protect our country, by maintaining brotherhood, helping everyone, and educating ourselves. Now, I would like to finish my Independence Day speech with a few lines

Thank you. Happy Independence Day !!!!

We hope that you like our 1-minute Independence Day speech. Now the next Speech for Independence Day .

Short Independence Day Speech 15 August

India is known as one of the most powerful countries in the world but still, people’s love for their country doesn’t keep them away from celebrating their Independence Day. Citizens celebrate the day by remembering the freedom fighters with full energy, dedication, and love for the country. Schools and Colleges celebrate this day by organizing dances, choruses, and speeches so if you want a short Independence Day speech within 500 words this article can help you.

Let’s get started with the Short Independence Day Speech below:

“ab bhi jiska khoon na khaula, khoon nahi voh paani hain….jo desh ke kaam naa aaye vo bekaar jawani hain …” This dialogue from ‘Rang De Basanti’ gives goosebumps to listeners but it suits those fighters who sacrificed their lives for us. Exactly 74 years ago i.e. 15th August 1947, our country got freedom from British rule. Freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Rani Laxmi Bai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, and so on.

  • Bhagat Singh : 22-year-old boy who left his family, perfect job, and decided to become a freedom fighter along with his friends Rajguru and Sukhdev.
  • Mahatma Gandhi : left his perfect household life and started the Satyagraha Movement, Dandi March.
  • Rani Laxmi Bai : “Khubh Ladi Mardaani thi voh to Jhansi wali Rani thi” who fought with Britisher carrying her son on her back till her last breath.
  • Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel: Known as ‘Iron Man of India’ made India a united country and help traders, people by dividing parts of the country into different states.

Every year Red Fort is ornamented with flowers along with its podium, stairs, marching ground, and seats for guests are arranged. Prime Minister hoists National Flag with National Anthem “Janna Ganna Manna” and addresses the nation by sharing the achievements done by the government via different schemes, and acts in previous years and also promises to make his country number one in the whole world. After the speech, 21 gunshots were fired in honour of remembering freedom fighters. Armed Forces ( Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, and Indian Army ), Motorcycle troops, and the parade are conducted on Red Fort where they salute National Flag. At last, Prime Minister greets students, and teachers who attend the function by letting go of balloons in the air.

At the same time, CM’s of states hoist National Flag and attend parades prepared by the people and appreciate them. Many government and non-government institutions also hoist flags in their offices. Schools, and colleges decorate their classrooms, and halls with drawings of freedom fighters, writing poems, and decorating walls with balloons and art. Students also prepare parades, dance performances, choruses, and speeches. Not only in India but also in foreign countries Indians celebrate the day by distributing sweets and by singing the National Anthem. At borders, soldiers hoist the National Flag, sing, and dance to patriotic songs. They feel proud because citizens trust them and easily sleep at home.

Even today also, we have many soldiers who leave their luxurious life to protect our nation and us. For the sake of their country, they decide to join the army whether it’s Armed Forces, Navy, BSF, Commandos or Para-armed forces. Without informing their loved one they go to missions with no idea whether they will come back alive or wrapped in National Flag. Many wars took place whether it was the Kargil War, India- China War, violating the rules of the Line of Control (LOC), URI attacks, Pulwama attack but every time our forces prove their enemy that now they are not going to compromise or give any type of mercy.

Independence Day Speech In English by Student (1500 word long speech)

Good morning everyone,

My respected teachers and dear friends,

[ INTRODUCTION]

On the tantalizing morning of this holy day, with patriotic fervour and pride, on 15th August, each Indian fills his heart with immense respect and love for his motherland. Being the sons of India, each year on this day, one unfolds the hues of saffron, pure white, and divine green with salutes and tribute. Past back it was on this day in 1947, that Indian independence, along with its government, came into being. On this very day, the Indian Independence Act was finally declared in this Nation. Unrolling the Indian Tricolour in the nation‘s capital, our leaders made beautiful memories with vibrant radiating love for the nation.

The independence that is freedom is that of a state in which its inhabitants or population or some portion thereof, excise self-government and sovereignty over the society. It is the sort of self-determination that focuses on exercising its power over the population, definite territory, self-ruling government, and trying to be self-reliant. In short, it will be a self-sufficient state with affairs that will be settled by themselves and without any interference.

Reminiscent of this pious day, India declared itself to be independent in all respects and was freed from the shackles of British imperialism. A struggle of about 200 years, with submission, begging for mercy, and hope – a hope to live each day like a free bird, hope to win through all the battles, and finally, a hope to visualize the dawn of a rising sun in the nation has led India to learn how to fight back for every situation which comes across to stop her. If you try to estimate the strength of India and its women, you get to see that it equals living with the pain of dipping a tea bag in a cup of hot tea.

[ SIGNIFICANCE OF INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE]

The history of India and its independence is an epic in the freedom fight and a challenge to destiny. With the beginning of a new era, each year India tries to unfold itself with vibrant hues of pomp, progress, and perseverance. Diving deep into the reels of India’s history, we get to see how our freedom fighters and the sons of India fought for winning the battle and envisioned rising India to be an independent nation.

Their invaluable sacrifices led us to live today in a civilized state with each night sleeping comfortably on our bed. It is an inspiration to all our youth to have the courage and religiously celebrate the pride of being born in this country. The echoes of the patriotic songs make the ambience of this day remould India a unique identity.

With the unfurling of the tricolour, Bharat Mata is secured from the clutches of the East India Company and the British rule and what remains is our unity – ultimate strength with diversity. Being a nation with different cultures and inspired by the footprints of great men, like Babu and Netaji, India seems to rule and understand every situation it thinks to handle itself with appropriate methods of being an extremist or an assertive one. The elixir of equality and justice, which our leaders have spread across the country, seems to be the biggest phenomenon that India could ever face.

[ INSPIRATION TO THE YOUTH ]

As the youth of the nation, it is our prime responsibility to sacrifice ourselves in contributing to our mother India. On this very day, we should pay a heartfelt tribute to the millions of martyrs of Mother India. The brave souls and the valiant soldiers, armed forces, and our police, as well as our security forces who have engaged their life in contributing to and safeguarding our mother nation, should be rewarded for their rigorous reparations.

Securing its full autonomy from the colonialists, this day captures Immense significance in the core of the Indian citizens living in any corner of this world. Holding it to be a national holiday, this day seems to have an ambience of hoisting the national flag at all institutions as well as in our homes, the exhibition of the various art forms representing the tricolour, arrangement of various cultural programs as a tribute along with the synchronizing memories of the partition of India.

Past back on 15 August 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, our former prime minister of India, unfurled the tri-coloured flag in New Delhi, the capital of India, at the Lahori Gate located in the Red Fort. Not only our freedom fighters but also our father of the nation that is Bapu Ji had fasted in Calcutta and was living a life of a perfect saint with the promotion of khadi and devoted his time to prayers and revolting against hatred.

Once upon a time, India was termed to be Spiceland, the place to be famous for its spices and masalas. With abundant resources and minerals, India was once termed to be the most attractive country in the world. When the British arrived and present India in their shackles, they began to misuse all the resources and started to collect all these valuable materials back to their country. Not only did they manipulate the rules but also started to force ownership on India and its policies. They work according to their whims and fancies and started implementing the divide-and-rule policy which shattered India into two parts.

[ FINAL MESSAGE AND TRIBUTE TO THE MATRYS ]

Parades are organized each year to pay tribute to all freedom fighters and to Armed Forces who each day protect us and secure us from antagonists. Therefore, it is on the 15th of August each year when we remember that being the citizens of India it is our prime responsibility to uphold the virtues of a nation, stand for a nation, be for the nation, and be of the nation. The youth who are the pillars to uphold the virtues of tolerance, love, peace should have a fellow feeling amongst the people and should have a warmblood to fight for our country. Each one of us should be inspired to look for Swadeshi outfits and cater to the fraternity and freedom of speech that our country has given us the right to. The fundamental rights of India and its directive principles have always inspired us to be proud to be Indian.

Freedom is the most loving aspect of this era. It is something which we pine for. On this Auspicious day of Independence, we all the sons of mother India fight to win because we don’t have runner-ups on the battlefield. Let’s salute the martyrs who have let her flag flow high in the saffron and prosperous green hues.

“If your blood doesn’t rage then it is water flowing in your veins. For what is the flush of youth, if it is not of service to the motherland”- Chandra Shekhar Azad.

[ TOKEN OF THANKS AND CONCLUSION ]

At last, I would like to end my speech with a note of gratefulness and a bunch of thank you. Gifting our country with a resplendent morning and paving the path for its independence and some who became the epitome of simplicity, humility, and wisdom, I pay tribute to all the noble personalities on this religious day.

Not forgetting the khadi man of India who once brought in the satyagraha with some others who brought in the seraphic ideologies of Swaraj of the masses has led this day to be the most memorable one in each year. Be their footprints keep on guiding us in creating an incredible and prosperous India ahead and each day blooming in it to make a better place to live in. Thank you!

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