A Republic Day function in school is incomplete without a speech. A speech to inform, inspire and to feel proud to be Indians spices up the spirit of the celebration.
Speech 1First of all, a very warm and heartfelt welcome to my fellow schoolmates, our beloved teachers and principal, and our esteemed guests. We are gathered here today to celebrate a momentous event in Indian history.
On the 26th of January, 1950, our country chose Dr Rajendra Prasad as its first President, the elected head of state. Thus, it was no longer just an independent state, but a republic as well. On the same day, the people of our nation also formally adopted the Constitution of India. As the Constitution provides in detail how our country should be run, it redefined the status of India as a truly self-reliant nation. These two important changes made the date a milestone in Indian history, and so we celebrate Republic Day every year with much enthusiasm and splendor.
At Rajpath in New Delhi, the Prime Minister lays a memorial wreath to the soldiers who died fighting for the country’s freedom. The President then unfurls the National Flag and the parade begins. Although similar Republic Day celebrations also occur at each state, the national parade is significant for it also brings together the various facets of Indian culture.
These are the elements that build the essence of Republic Day – the history of our hard-won freedom, our evolution into a strong independent nation, and our unity in diversity. Let us honour it together, you and I, and promote peace and harmony at home and the in the world. India can only achieve progress and prosperity when its people work together to make these goals possible. Jai Hind!
Before I begin my speech, I would like to greet everyone gathered here. I wish you all a good morning.
Today is a special day for each one of us, and for the entire nation. From Kanyakumari to Kashmir, and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, Indians are celebrating their Republic Day. It is an occasion for remembering the sacrifices our forefathers gave during the national freedom struggle, for restoring the spirit of brotherhood amongst the various communities of the country, and for showing the many beautiful faces of India. It is no wonder that the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi draws such a huge audience, that those who cannot attend it in person watch it eagerly on their television at home – it marks the principle of “unity in diversity” which binds the numerous threads of Indian cultures.
The main significance of this day, however, lies in the adoption of two important features of governance in India. On 26th January, 1950, India became a republic. For the first time in Indian history, we chose a President, the elected head of state. On the same day, we, the people of India, also accepted the Indian Constitution and began to enact it. These two steps strengthened the position of India as an independent nation.
For these reasons, Republic Day was declared a national holiday, and each year, we commemorate the event on all levels – national, local, and individual. That is the purpose of today’s assembly: to remember the history that shaped our present. Let us honor it together by resolving to work for the betterment of our country and its people. Jai Hind!