Thursday, March 09, 2006

Winston Churchill...Virginia's newest citizen

From the Virginian-Pilot:
"On March 8, 1946, Churchill arrived in Richmond where he was met by 30,000 cheering residents on the streets, according to news reports from that time. He made a 20-minute speech promoting a strong Anglo-American alliance."
Click here to read the whole article.

Yesterday, exactly 60 years later, the Commonwealth made Churchill an honorary Virginian. He is the most recent of only four to have received the distinction, joining former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the Marquis de Lafayette, and John D. Rockefeller Jr.


Click here to read the rest of this great speech:
"You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are; yet without imagination not many can be done. Those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist; certainly many more than will happen; but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination. But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period - I am addressing myself to the School - surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

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