My LIYLS Farewell Speech

The following was the speech I gave on behalf of the Lebanese Delegation at the end of the Loundoun International Youth Leadership Summit (during the farewell dinner).
I cannot be more thankful for all the friends I have met through this summit, they are the people I think of when I feel down, and knowing that such good people exist in the world renews my hope in the cause of humanity.
I will not speak much further however, the speech says it pretty well I believe.

Teachers, Students, Delegates, Global Ambassadors, friends, one for one…

Close your eyes, Imagine a world where men of all cultures and creeds, would meet and interact every single day…
Imagine a world, where man’s many and diverse differences, were seen as a means of progress,
Where young men and women of all races and lands, would unite for a single cause…
Imagine… Imagine a world where men would live together, side by side, in each other’s very homes, united and strong…

In a word, what we have witnessed in this brief stretch of the canvas of time, is a rainbow of colors, a harmonious reform, and perhaps the greatest manifestation of Utopia.

I am today, a truly universal citizen, with friends that span the globe. I have learned and experienced different cultures, peoples, and ways of life…

I have made lifelong friends and experienced life-changing phenomena…

Whether it was waking up to students lazily heading to school, being greeted by people’s humble smiles, having random fun with friends, or going out to a dinner where at least 4 countries were represented, the experience was truly beyond my very dreams…

From heated discussions on the world’s most debated topics, to partying with the guys, I have made ties with not only men, but citizens of a global society, whose causes are too great to be restricted to a single geographic location…

As I say goodbye to all the friends I have made, it’s sad to imagine that we may never meet again…

But I say to you, as you leave Dominion’s lively hallways, carry me with you, as I will too, and make of me a cherished memory, that you may one day look at me as part of your own history, that which you may one day present before the cause of humanity.

Thank you.

At first I thought my speech was too formal and emotional for the occasion especially compared to those presented by other delegations which expressed more of the light-hearted humor and inside jokes among the summit people, which were admittedly the funniest thing ever, (If Henning from Germany is reading this, I am still desperate for the Germany speech!) but after seeing so many passionate, emotional faces after delivering my speech, I knew I had somehow reached into the depth of all who were truly as passionate as I was about the experience. (Laura!)

I would like to thank every single person that participated in the summit and here goes:
“Thank you for altering my life and allowing me to know you and understand your view on the world. My heart is rich in your memory.”

The men of tomorrow will look back at us with a smile of gratitude.


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