Wish Me Luck! Appearing At A Veterans Memorial ServiceTomorrow

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    Nov 10, 2014 4:02 AM GMT
    Tomorrow (Monday) is s US holiday for Veterans Day. I was asked to speak at a memorial service, appearing before an audience of several thousand. There will be an orchestra and chorus behind me. I will read a poem written at the time of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886. The words I'll speak are enshrined today on a bronze plaque in the stone base.

    I've got it pretty much memorized, so I can look the audience in the eye as I'm speaking as I prefer, But I'll be at a podium where I can glance at my paper copy as needed.

    I haven't done any public speaking recently, and I'm always a bit rough at first after a hiatus. Therefore I'm a little apprehensive about tomorrow. So please wish me luck, I'll let you know how it goes. I don't know if anyone will take pics, but I haven't planned for any myself.
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    Nov 10, 2014 4:05 AM GMT
    good luck! with a podium and your speech in front of you, it should be easy!
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    Nov 10, 2014 4:13 AM GMT
    willular saidgood luck! with a podium and your speech in front of you, it should be easy!

    Thanks! It's stuttering and mispronouncing I fear most. I had a terrible stutter following a motorcycle accident in 1968. Which also affected my short-term memory. So having that podium copy is a great crutch.

    But I actually like public speaking. Especially improvisational, rather than srcipted. Once I'm doing it I don't wanna stop. I'm such a ham. icon_redface.gif

    We'll see tomorrow if I still have it in me. icon_question.gif
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    Nov 10, 2014 4:17 AM GMT
    That's great; I'm sure everything will go well, but good luck all the same!
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    Nov 10, 2014 4:53 AM GMT
    yetanotherphil saidThat's great; I'm sure everything will go well, but good luck all the same!

    Thank you, my love. I'm actually planning to improvise a bit before I begin reading.

    I was given this copy, and told nothing about it. There was no author, no nothing.

    But I could tell right away it was 19th Century by the style. So I did some online searches, and found the author, and the history of it.

    Written by Emma Lazarus for the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1886, as I had suspected. And a plaque with these words is in the stone base of the Statue today.

    Well, I'm gonna mention all that tomorrow. Once I've got the microphone you can't stop me. And I'm gonna say a few words about veterans, too.

    I was just supposed to read this antiquated poem, which taken out of context makes no sense in today's world. I told my husband when I first saw it that I can't read this stuff, nobody will understand it. I will try to correct that. Which I think I did by researching it.

    I'm not gonna let them know what I'm planning to say, in addition to the poem. Because they'll likely say no, if I ask permission. Let them criticize me afterwards. Once I'm on the stage they can't censor me.
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    Nov 10, 2014 9:45 PM GMT
    OK, just came back home, and the event went well. It was moved indoors because of rain, but it was a good space, with a raised stage and lots of seating.

    My husband's sister's chorus sounded great. I managed my part OK I think, reading this patriotic poem from 1886 as an intro to the chorus. But I didn't say anything regarding Veterans Day or veterans themselves, because I could see that other speakers before me had handled that. We actually had a pretty full program of speakers that I wasn't aware would be there.
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    Nov 10, 2014 11:03 PM GMT
    But did you wear your kilt?
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    Nov 11, 2014 12:00 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidBut did you wear your kilt?

    LOL, no. But the UPS delivery did arrive just moments after we got back home from this event. I already posted about the new kilt to my other RJ thread I started when I had ordered it (clumsy to post links with my iPad or I'd add it here). I'm in a small conference room, at a business location while my husband is in a larger conference room attending a board meeting for the next hour or 2, being held here for the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, so I'm not at my home iMac right now.

    UPDATE: But now I am home, here's that kilt thread:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3944818/
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    Nov 11, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    Copernicus saidStill you showed up and did your part... Be proud of yourself.

    Oh, I was, thanks. I think maybe the first thing like this I've done since I retired. Involved a lot of saluting, too, which I otherwise have no occassion to do these days.

    But those old vets, who were running the overall program, sure love to salute. And since I was up in front with them, and they were saluting up a storm, some in street clothes as I was, I naturally followed their protocol.

    Despite my discussing my military career on RJ often, I've never been one of those whom the Wizard of Oz describes (paraphrasing) as taking their uniforms out of mothballs once a year and parading them down Main Street. But this was a personal favor for my husband's sister, when she asked I do this reading before her chorus performed. And she's heard me read with other choruses (in fact, I introduced her from the stage when she sang a solo herself with a gay chorus her brother, my partner, had founded), but I've never done anything with a veterans group before. I would do this again. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 11, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    I wil be with You in spirit Art.

    If anyone can pull this off, surely YOU can!!!
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    Nov 11, 2014 12:59 AM GMT
    Cash saidI wil be with You in spirit Art.

    If anyone can pull this off, surely YOU can!!!

    Thanks! But mission accomplished, scroll up.
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    Nov 11, 2014 1:29 AM GMT
    Isn't Veterans day tomorrow? 11/11 Glad it went well for you Art.
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    Nov 11, 2014 1:39 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]southbeach1500 said[/cite]
    Copernicus saidStill you showed up and did your part... Be proud of yourself.


    He is. icon_wink.gif[/quote
    You Guys a re actually playing nice.

    I am impressed.

    Now can Yu disagree and still be friends???.,.,.,????
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    Nov 11, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    I suspect from previous posts that you have a VOICE made for radio, which aside from having a script at hand is one less reason to be nervous. Everyone stumbles or stutters at some point - remember those awkward celebs flubbing teleprompter readings during the recent televised "Stand Up To Cancer" telethon?



    So enjoy the experience!

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    Nov 11, 2014 3:50 AM GMT
    flguy57 saidIsn't Veterans day tomorrow? 11/11 Glad it went well for you Art.

    Thanks! Yes, the actual Veterans Day is the 11th, and some local places are celebrating it on Monday, to extend the weekend, as has become a US practice in recent years. But the Federal Government official holiday is Nov 11, and there'll be no mail delivery.

    The present holiday evolved in 1954 from the earlier Armistice Day, to honor veterans of all wars, not just the First World War. The date of course originally coming from the end of that "Great War" in 1918, on the 11th day of the 11th month, on the 11th hour, the new US National Holiday being established very shortly after the end of WWI.

    But it was decided, after the Korean War, that veterans of that conflict, as well as World War II, needed to be honored, too. And so Armistice Day was converted into an all-veterans remembrance day. That today includes veterans of Vietnam and both Gulf Wars, and also non-combat veterans.
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    Nov 11, 2014 3:52 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    Cash said[quote][cite]southbeach1500 said[/cite]
    Copernicus saidStill you showed up and did your part... Be proud of yourself.


    He is. icon_wink.gif[/quote
    You Guys a re actually playing nice.

    I am impressed.

    Now can Yu disagree and still be friends???.,.,.,????



    I don't think "friends" is something I desire after reading how Mr. Deco described Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina as an "Uncle Tom."

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3946143

    That isn't the kind of person I would choose to have as a friend.

    However, I shall abide by the terms of the truce and continue to refrain from online hostilities with Mr. Deco here in the forums.


    Good boy!! icon_biggrin.gif