Rhetorical situation

The speaker of the National Veterans Day Observance Speech is Mike Pence, the 48th and current Vice President of the United States, who has held this office since 2017. His immediate audience consists of the people gathered to listen to his speech – particularly veterans – but, as the speech was recorded, broadcast on television, and shared on the internet, it also reached a wider audience.

The circumstances of the speech are related to its occasion: Veterans Day, an important holiday in American society. Other circumstances mentioned by the speaker are certain events in US history, such as the Vietnam War, as well as the Trump administration’s new polices for veterans and the Armed Forces.

The main topics covered in the speech are celebrating and thanking American veterans, and the Trump administration’s new measures and policies for veterans and the Armed Forces.