In 1971, Elvis was named one of the 10 Outstanding Young Men of the Nation by the U.S. Jaycees. His friends and family would note that Elvis was very touched, honored, and proud of this honor. The following was his speech during the awards ceremony.
'When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times.
These gentlemen over there, these are the type who care, who are dedicated. You realize if it’s not possible that they might be building the Kingdom…it’s not far-fetched from reality.
I learned very early in life that: ‘Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend, without a song’, So I keep singing a song. Goodnight. Thank you.”