young people to understand that America’s strength lies
within each and every one of them is the aim of the American
Freedom Assembly, featuring Gary Horton.
Using humor, honesty and a hard-hitting
approach, Gary has entertained and inspired young audiences in
more than 8,000 high school and junior-high school assemblies
across the United States since 1978. One of the most
sought-after and respected youth speakers in America today,
Gary never fails to leave his audience with a rekindled
appreciation of America’s greatness and a renewed dedication
to the principles upon which this country was founded.
An understanding of the traditional values
that forged this country and made it great is the heart of
Gary’s presentation. Themes such as his depiction of AMERICA
as an acronym for Attitude, Motivation, Enthusiasm, Respect,
Integrity, Courage and
Aspiration—done without gimmicks or props: only a man and a
microphone—have earned praise and gratitude from
administrators, teachers, parents and students throughout the
nation. His call for personal
responsibility and accountability is a message young people
need to hear.
Gary Horton, a Florida native who new resides in
Alabama, is a graduate of Miami Christian College. While in
college and after graduation, he directed a seven-state
juvenile-rehibilitation program. Gary also served as a
co-director of a high-school-assembly program designed to help
young people deal with their problems. His interest in
troubled youth eventually led him to work with juveniles
within the Florida state prison system.
In 1972, Gary joined the US Army and served
with the elite Army Airborne Rangers. After leaving the
service, Gary renewed his commitment to young people by
dedicating his time and talents to creating the phenomenally
successful American Freedom Assembly, which brings pride, hope
and optimism to a generation in short supply.
To Gary, the phrase "one nation
under God..." is more than simply words in the Pledge
of allegiance. Underlying those words is Gary’s
understanding of his personal relationship to God through
Jesus Christ, His Son, and how such a relationship can
motivate each of us to accomplish great things for ourselves
and our country. Gary is always considerate of opposing points
of view and respectful
of the assembly-speaker guidelines for each school he visits.
Freedom Assembly is a nonprofit corporation with no political
affiliation or "cause" to advance. Its operating
expenses are paid by concerned citizens who believe in the
programs’ message and share a concern for today’s youth.
The assembly is available to schools at
no cost or obligation whatsoever. Schools simply are asked
to provide an American flag, podium, public-address system and
one full hour of assembly time.