What Are Some Examples of Memorial Speeches?


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Some examples of memorial speeches are "The Gettysburg Address" and "A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs." Another memorial speech that talks about the pain of losing a deceased person is Senator Jacob Javits' eulogy for U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

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U.S. President Abraham Lincoln gave "The Gettysburg Address" on Nov. 19, 1863, in memory of the soldiers who died at the Battle of Gettysburg. The memorial says that the founding fathers of the United States founded the country with the ideals of liberty and equality. Lincoln says that the brave soldiers who died at Gettysburg did more to consecrate the memory of the battle than a speech could ever do to honor the soldiers.

In "A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs," Mona Simpson writes about Jobs' passion for his work. The memorial speech makes jokes about Jobs' favorite things, which included black, cotton turtlenecks. It talks about his passion for learning and his love for his children.

Javits said that words are insufficient to convey the pain of the American people at Kennedy's loss. The speech talks about Kennedy's love for his family and closes with words of sympathy for them.

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