01 January 2010

Our Independence Day

Okay, so it's not necessarily a "real" speech that brings me to tears. Also, certain rousing movie speeches have been known to make me tear up a bit and start talking about how dusty it is in the room.

This is the rousing speech given by the President to inspire the troops in the 1996 film Independence Day.

Our Independence Day

Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "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 Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "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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