Remember Winston Churchill
Today is Winston Churchill Day, a great time to recall one of America’s greatest allies – both at times of peace as well as war.
Perhaps no leader of the free world so iconically represents the fight for freedom as did Churchchill. The son of Lord Randolph Churchill and American heiress Jennie Jerome, Churchill served as Britian’s prime minister through some of the country’s darkest years.
Churchill was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and was sent to India with a cavalry commission in 1895. He won early fame as a war correspondent, covering the Cuban revolt against Spain (1895), and British campaigns in the Northwest Frontier of India (1897), the Sudan (1898) and South Africa during the Boer War (1899). Churchill had authored five books by the age of 26. His daring escape from a Boer prison camp in 1899 made him a national hero and ushered him into the House of Commons, where his career spanned 60 years.
On May 10, 1940, the year of the bombing of Britian, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister. When he met his Cabinet on May 13 he told them that “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
It was Churchill who first called the Western world’s attention to the threat of Soviet domination when he was first to use the phrase “Iron Curtain” in a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. on March 5, 1946.
Many reacted negatively to Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech at first – after all, the Soviet Union had been America and Great Britian’s ally against German in World War II. But Churchill’s words proved incredibly prophetic.
Churchill’s legacy should never be forgotten. As long as there is a free world, his words should continue to ring true, the ring of freedom through all time.