Ideas for giving a Veteran's Day speech include thanking the veterans and reminding listeners of the veterans' sacrifices. The speaker might also show photos of past conflicts and ask the veterans of specific wars to stand up for public recognition.
The speaker can connect with listeners by mentioning the accomplishments of veterans in the audience. For a more general audience, the speaker might give statistics about the people who served: how many died in conflict, how many received military recognition, or how many are missing in action. Alternatively, the speech might explain the positive impact that veterans have on the nation's freedom, economy or national security.