otivating 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.
Following his college graduation, Gary Horton, a Florida native now residing in Alabama, directed a seven-state juvenile-rehibilitation program. He 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.
American 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.