London (JFK+50) Three quarters of a century ago today, May 13, 1940, Winston Churchill* took charge of the British government as Prime Minister.
In his opening speech to Parliament, Prime Minister Churchill said...
"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
The Prime Minister went on to say that Great Britain's goal would be...
"victory....at all costs...in spite of terror...however long and hard the road may be."
"We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many...long months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air with all the strength that God can give us."
In his remarks of April 9, 1963,upon signing the proclamation making Winston Churchill an honorary American citizen, President John F. Kennedy said
"Whenever and wherever tyranny threatened, (Winston Churchill) has always championed liberty. Facing firmly toward the future, he has never forgotten the past. Serving 6 monarchs of his native Great Britain, he has served all men's freedom and dignity.
In the dark days and darker nights when England stood alone...he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. The incandescent quality of his words illuminated the courage of his countrymen."
*Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, UK and graduated from the Royal Military College. He was commissioned in the 4th Queen's Own Hussars in 1895. He was elected to Parliament in 1900, served as Chancellor of Exchequer (1924-1929) and Prime Minister (1940-1955).
"Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, January 1 to November 22, 1963," United States Government Printing Office, Washington, 1964.