WINSTON CHURCHILL SPOKE TO JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS 75 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Seventy-five years ago today, December 26, 1941, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed a joint session of the United States Congress at the Capitol here in Washington.
The Prime Minister began his speech with these words:
"I cannot help reflecting that if my father had been American and my mother British instead of the other way round, I might have gotten here on my own."
Mr. Churchill continued...
"To me the best tidings of all--the United States, united as never before (since the Pearl Harbor attack of Dec 7), has drawn the sword for freedom...."
He reminded the members of Congress that together the United Kingdom and the United States were "facing a group of mighty foes who seek our ruin."
The Prime Minister said that he was impressed with the American "well-grounded confidence in the final outcome" which "we in Britain (have) had...in our darkest days."
Then, the Prime Minister concluded his well-received remarks with these words...
"Here we are together, defending all that to free men is dear. I avow my hope and faith....that in the days to come the British and American peoples will....walk together in majesty, in justice and in peace."
"Address to Joint Session of United States Congress, 1941," National Churchill Museum, www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org/