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It was an honor to Emcee the Welcome Home Heroes show following the parade in Kansas City, Missouri on May 19, 2012.
It was grand hearing patriotic music and speeches from city and state dignitaries. David Page and his plethora of volunteers deserve a sharp salute for producing the event. It was to welcome home Iraq war veterans and pay tribute to

   the fallen.  
Me and Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, Mo.

Memorial Day 2014

I had the privilege once again to honor our fallen as a special Memorial Day Ceremony at the historic Lee's Summit,Missouri Cemetery with an honor guard from VFW Post 5789 with commander James Nail.  The ceremony closed with me reciting my Memorial Day poem, "Please Play Taps For Me" which is nearing 4,000 hits on YouTube.

Thank You

A note of appreciation to Marcia Pugh director of the Stone  Church Ministry of the Arts in Independence, Missouri for inviting me to speak and read poems and stories of patriotism. 

           Some Major Speaking Engagements
Plantz has spoken at nearly 100 events since he first was invited (Sept. 24, 2001) to speak, only 13 days after 9/11, at the  First Candlelight ceremony for the victims
of United Flight 93, Somerset, PA.

Since then he has spoken at patriotic events throughout
the country most notably the Rededication WWI Liberty Memorial, K,C. Mo. (Spoke at three Memorial Day Ceremonies).
He has graced the microphones at scores of veteran events including all the veteran organizations as well as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution.
He has appeared before Senior Citizen groups as well
as many community, churches  and business organizations.
His 9/11, Veterans Day and Flag Day speeches have taken him to Lee's Summit (twice), Blue Springs, Independence, North Kansas City. Ottawa, Ks, Victorville, CA, Grain Valley, Mo. and Pittsburgh, Pa. His recitation "A Moving Epitaph" at the 2010 Blue Springs Vietnam Wall That Heals ceremony is featured on their website and he help produce The Wall That Heals in North Kansas City, Mo. in June 2012
He has received many citations and awards including
a 2004 Freedom Foundations Award.
September 11, 2011

The 9/11 Memorial event in Lee's Summit, Mo, in which I had the honor to reprise my role from 2002 by reading my poem "I Held The Flag Today," is another proud experience. The weather was ideal and the crowd was very receptive. A special thank you to Linda Ahern,owner of the Lee' Summit Tribune, for co-sponsoring the event and for printing my poem in her paper and on the back of the program. A thank you also goes out to The Examiner newspaper for printing my poem as well. I have been a columnist for them for more than seven years. Lee's Summit joined the nation and the free world in remembering those who lost their lives on that infamous day- September 11, 2001.
And thank you Lee's Summit for helping us to remember.

 Jerry Plantz writes inspirational poems, stories and anecdotes, extolling the virtues and faux pas’ of America. Many have been featured on TV, radio talk-shows, in newspapers, magazines, the Internet and a university concert.

This veteran award winning journalist, and a seven year columnist with The Examiner newspaper, has graced the stages of many historic and patriotic events including the first candlelight ceremony for the victims of United Flight 93 to the re-dedication of the World War I Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri and the Wall That Heals in Blue Springs, Missouri.

His long list of speaking engagements run the gamut from public libraries to state conventions to elementary schools to senior citizen meetings as well as troop rallies and military memorial services. His words are non-political and unifying and many of his speeches have been acknowledged with standing ovations.

His signature poem “I Held the Flag Today,” from his book of the same name, became the most publicized patriotic poem in the country in 2001 and ’02

Plantz’s latest poem is a tribute to the fallen. “Please Play Taps for Me” became an instant hit on YouTube Memorial Day 2011. Those who have read or seen the poem believe it should be recorded for national awareness.

 “I Watched Them Go” received a standing ovation performed in concert by a a university choral ensemble. His latest book, “More Words of Patriotism,” has achieved critical acclaim with the moving poems, “If I Should Come Home to Dover,” “Where Are All the Citizens?” and “His Address Book.” 

Jerry Plantz, the renowned speaker and author, stands ready to speak to your organization, company, school or corporation about patriotism in America. To book him contact: