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Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
(President John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961)

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Yesterday's Heroes Inspiring Tomorrow's Defenders of Freedom

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw...
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.

(John McCrae's closing lines from his epic poem "In Flanders Fields")

These pages are designed to link America's youth with men and women who have valuable life experiences to share.  It is a VOLUNTEER speakers' bureau, a state-by-state listing of veterans, active duty military men and women, public servants, and others who are willing to give of their time to speak to schools, youth organizations, and patriotic activities.   This listing is developed from the voluntary enrollment of professional speakers and every day citizens who have a message to share.  We invite teachers, youth leaders, and others to contact these volunteers for special events or just an impromptu sharing time.

z_icon_endorsed.gif (1406 bytes)DISCLAIMER:  HomeOfHeroes.com endorses ONLY those speakers about whom we have personal knowledge.  These are indicated by the silver-star icon at left.   All other resources in this listing are comprised from individuals who have indicated a desire to share.  While we are certain that they are dedicated Americans with an interesting story or message to share, it is the responsibility of the individuals contacting them to insure that all appropriate steps are taken whenever you are introducing children to strangers.

All speakers listed in these pages have indicated their desire to share their stories, experiences and/or knowledge FREE OF CHARGE, to speak in schools, youth organizations, and other functions.  Bear in mind that as volunteers, they offer their services on the basis of their available time and resources.  Don't feel bad when one speaker you contact indicates that they simply can not "work you in".  Understand they all have other responsibilities and can only do so much.  If one speaker is not able accommodate your plans, keep trying.

To make it easier for you to find the speaker(s) you are looking for, we have first categorized them by state and city.  Usually you will have your best results in finding a speaker conveniently located to your site.  To further assist you in finding the right speaker for your program, we have included a series of KEY ICONS to help you identify more specific information on prospective speakers.  Below is a description of these icons you will find in our listing pages:


z_icon_endorsed.gif (1406 bytes) ENDORSED:  These are speakers endorsed by HomeOfHeroes.com
z_icon_professional.gif (982 bytes) PROFESSIONAL SPEAKERS:  These are individuals who make a living or supplement income as professional speakers.  They offer their services FREE OF CHARGE to schools and youth organizations, but are also available for paid speaking engagements.
z_icon_travelcar.gif (985 bytes) WILL TRAVEL:  Volunteer speakers who will accomodate schools and organizations outside their home town but within driving distance (usually less than 200 miles).
z_icon_travelplane.gif (995 bytes) WILL TRAVEL ANYWHERE:  Volunteer speakers who will accomodate schools and organizations anywhere for the cost of travel and accomodations only.
z_icon_politicians.gif (1061 bytes) PUBLIC SERVANTS/POLITICIANS:  Individuals who can speak from personal experience about service in the political and civic process.
z_icon_vet.gif (985 bytes) VETERANS OF MILITARY SERVICE:  Men and women who have served in uniform and can speak about patriotic service in our Nations military forces.
z_icon_vet_combat.gif (1019 bytes) COMBAT VETERANS:  Men and women who have served in uniform during time of war or conflict, and who can speak personally about service and sacrifice.
z_icon_vet_active.gif (987 bytes) ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY:  Men and women who are currently serving in uniform (including National Guard and Reserves).
z_icon_vet_recruiter.gif (988 bytes) MILITARY RECRUITERS:  These are active duty military personnel who are on recruiting duty.  (These can often be one of your best sources for speakers.
z_icon_moh_army.gif (1306 bytes) MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS:  It is a rare and wonderful experience for our Nation's young to meet one of the last of the few remaining TRUE American heroes.
z_icon_moh_family.gif (1001 bytes) FAMILY MEMBER OF A MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT:  From a historical perspective, the sons, daughters, and other relatives of a TRUE hero can have much to say and share.
z_icon_profile.gif (1117 bytes) ADDITIONAL SPEAKER PROFILE INFORMATION AVAILABLE:   These are speakers who have provided us additional information in the form of a resume page.  Whenever you see this icon, you can click on it to open that speaker's biography in a separate window.
z_icon_website.gif (1478 bytes) PERSONAL WEB SITE AVAILABLE:  Speakers who have additional information in a personal web site.  When you see this icon, click on it to view that speakers personal web site in a separate window.


Click on Your State on the Map or follow the links below it
to find a list of speakers in your area.

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Do YOU have a story to SHARE?

z_button_sam.jpg (4426 bytes)Your Country Needs You!   Help us build a comprehensive list of resources for those who are working to teach our young citizens the importance of patriotism, duty to God and Country, and service with honor.  Click on the recruiting poster at left to find out how YOU can add your name to our database of volunteers dedicated to preserving our history by sharing with others.   You don't have to be a polished, professional speaker, or for that matter even a war hero...just a dedicated American who is willing to help pass the Torch of Freedom to a new generation of Americans.




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