The Fourth of July

Following is the speech of Mr. President in the 1996 movie “Independence Day”, which I used to memorize and I used to recite in front of our Comm III class back in college.

I liked this speech as it can cause goosebumps when delivered with feeling, especially when one think of it within the context of the movie. I especially was moved during that scene in the movie.

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 this 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 4th 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 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice:

“We will not go quietly into the night!

We will not vanish without a fight!”

We’re gonna live on!

We’re gonna survive!

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

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