On April 9, 1963, a White House ceremony for honorary citizenship of the United States, presided over by U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, took place for Sir Winston S. Churchill, English statesman and writer.
Churchill was not present at the ceremony, but his son and grandson were able to attend.
President Kennedy signed a bill designating April 9th as National Winston Churchill Day, celebrated this week on Thursday in the U.K. and U.S., see Appendix below.
In the days to come the British and American peoples will, for their own safety and for the good of all, walk together in majesty, in justice and in peace.” – Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965), Statesman, Defender of Freedom, Honorary U.S. Citizen
Following are notable highlights of the life of Sir Winston S. Churchill:
- Born November 30, 1874
- Admired British Politician
- Elected into the British Parliament in 1900
- First Lord of the Admiralty
- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Secretary of State for War and Air
- 1953 Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature
- Soldier, Legislator, Historian
- Writer, Artist, Orator
- Good Relationship with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Died January 24, 1965
Here are 10 Enduring Quotes of Sir Winston S. Churchill in Honor of National Winston Churchill Day:
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.“
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.“
I am not a bit afraid of anything I have said in a long political life.” – Reply to charges he endorsed and praised Mussolini, Hitler, and Fascism, in the U.K. House of Commons on December 8, 1944.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.” – Speech to the U.K. House of Commons on June 4, 1940.
In war, Resolution; in defeat, Defiance; in victory, Magnanimity.” – Written in his book, “My Early Life: A Roving Commission.”
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.“
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
The price of greatness is responsibility.”
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few … Never, never, never give up.” – Speech given on July 8, 1940 in Reference to British airmen in the Battle for Britain.
United States Citizen
Declaration of Citizenship
April 9, 1963
The White House
Declaration of Honorary Citizen of United States of America
“BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WHEREAS Sir Winston Churchill, a son of America though a subject of Britain, has been throughout his life a firm and steadfast friend of the American people and the American nation; and
WHEREAS he has freely offered his hand and his faith in days of adversity as well as triumph; and
WHEREAS his bravery, charity and valor, both in war and in peace, have been a flame of inspiration in freedom’s darkest hour; and
WHEREAS his life has shown that no adversary can overcome, and no feat can deter, free men in the defense of their freedom; and
WHEREAS he has by his art as an historian and his judgment as a statesman made the past the servant of the future;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN F. KENNEDY, President of the United States of America, under the authority contained in an Act of the 88th Congress, do hereby declare Sir Winston Churchill an honorary citizen of the United States of America.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this ninth day of April, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-seventh.”
JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY
“We meet to honor a man whose honor requires no meeting — for he is the most honored and honorable man to walk the stage of human history in the time in which we live.
Whenever and wherever tyranny threatened, he has always championed liberty.
Facing firmly toward the future, he has never forgotten the past.
Serving six monarchs of his native Great Britain, he has served all men’s freedom and dignity.
In the dark days and darker nights when Britain stood alone — and most men save Englishmen despaired of England’s life — he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. The incandescent quality of his words illuminated the courage of his countrymen.
Given unlimited powers by his citizens, he was ever vigilant to protect their rights.
Indifferent himself to danger, he wept over the sorrows of others.
A child of the House of Commons, he became in time its father.
Accustomed to the hardships of battle, he has no distaste for pleasure.
Now his stately Ship of Life, having weathered the severest storms of a troubled century, is anchored in tranquil waters, proof that courage and faith and the zest for freedom are truly indestructible. The record of his triumphant passage will inspire free hearts for all time.
By adding his name to our rolls, we mean to honor him — but his acceptance honors us far more. For no statement or proclamation can enrich his name — the name Sir Winston Churchill is already legend.”
As read at the White House by Randolph S. Churchill, April 9, 1963
I have been informed by Mr. David Bruce that it is your intention to sign a Bill conferring upon me Honorary Citizenship of the United States.
I have received many kindnesses from the United States of America, but the honour which you now accord me is without parallel. I accept it with deep gratitude and affection.
I am also most sensible of the warmhearted action of the individual States, who accorded me the great compliment of their own honorary citizenships as a prelude to this Act of Congress.
It is a remarkable comment on our affairs that the former Prime Minister of a great sovereign state should thus be received as an honorary citizen of another. I say “great sovereign state” with design and emphasis, for I reject the view that Britain and the Commonwealth should now be relegated to a tame and minor role in the world. Our past is the key to our future, which I firmly trust and believe will be no less fertile and glorious. Let no man underrate our energies, our potentialities and our abiding power for good.
I am, as you know, half American by blood, and the story of my association with that mighty and benevolent nation goes back nearly ninety years to the day of my Father’s marriage. In this century of storm and tragedy I contemplate with high satisfaction the constant factor of the interwoven and upward progress of our peoples. Our comradeship and our brotherhood in war were unexampled. We stood together, and because of that fact the free world now stands. Nor has our partnership any exclusive nature: the Atlantic community is a dream that can well be fulfilled to the detriment of none and to the enduring benefit and honour of the great democracies.
Mr. President, your action illuminates the theme of unity of the English-speaking peoples, to which I have devoted a large part of my life. I would ask you to accept yourself, and to convey to both Houses of Congress, and through them to the American people, my solemn and heartfelt thanks for this unique distinction, which will always be proudly remembered by my descendants.”
WINSTON S. CHURCHILL
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