Farewell speech

Farewell speech

A Farewell speech is a speech given by an individual leaving a position or place. They are often used by public figures such as politicians as a form of conclusion to the preceding career (such as that given by Ronald Reagan); or as statements delivered by persons relating to reasons for their leaving (such as that given by Yukio Mishima). The term is often used as a euphemism for "retirement speech", though it is broader in that it may include geographical, or even biological, conclusion.

Notable farewell speeches

*George Washington - where he warned of the dangers of political parties
*Dwight D. Eisenhower - where he warned of military-industrial complex
*Douglas MacArthur - farewell speeches before Congress and U.S. Military Academy; "" and ""
*Robert E. Lee - Lee’s Farewell Address to his army the day after the end of the Civil War

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