Sturdy, Brave, and Above All Honourable

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the Unite...

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. Deutsch: Winston Churchill, 1940 bis 1945 sowie 1951 bis 1955 Premier des Vereinigten Königreichs und Literaturnobelpreisträger des Jahres 1953. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fifty years ago today, London, and most of the United Kingdom came to a stop. So did many things in America and around the world.

I have memories of that day, although they have become dimmed by time and events, not to mention the fact that twenty-four hour television was yet to come. And that events in London tend to happen very early in the morning indeed in the central United States.

For this was the day of the State Funeral of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA. I think we all recognize his greatness, as a leader, an orator (in the best sense of the word), as an author, and even as a soldier, and ‘Former Naval Person’.

And so “The Great Commoner” was laid to rest to great acclaim from the leaders of the (still) free world as well as from the people. We can (and still do) nit-pick his political policies, foreign policy, and his military policies. But he did what he thought was right, and he did it with great gusto, and he spoke about it in words that ring down the corridors of time.

And then, to make sure he got favorable coverage in history, he wrote it himself. 🙂

Here’s ITV’s synopsis of the funeral from a few days after it. At the end you’ll hear what President Eisenhower told the British about how we share their pride in Churchill, an honorary citizen of the United States and half American by blood as well.

The title comes from Eisenhower’s description of how we Americans see the British, I think it still true, and I think it applies to Sir Winston as well

In a programming note, the BBC is re airing their comprehensive coverage  (4 hours and 15 minutes worth). this is the link, although frankly I don’t know if we will be able to see it outside the UK.

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13 Responses to Sturdy, Brave, and Above All Honourable

  1. Sadly now when I mention Churchill, many Americans are negative, and don’t know he had an American mother? But, things have a of changed in many years on the American scene for sure! And some Americans I meet don’t like us Brits so much these days! (Well maybe it’s just this old conservative Brit? 😉 ) But the landscape of American life has changed in my lifetime. Oh well, sign of the times I am afraid!

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    • NEO says:

      Indeed they have. That world of duty and sacrifice is, I’m afraid,pretty much gone, except fo a few remnants. The old Scottish toast comes to mind.

      something like, “Here’s to those like us, there never were many, and they’re all dead.”

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      • the unit says:

        So funny and stirs old memories about my dad.
        He graduated H.S. in ’26. Forty years later at his shop an old classmate stopped in and said “Coop we need to get together for a class reunion.” It was small town America back then in ’26. Dad told him “Look there was only 12 of us in the senior class, most are dead, this IS our reunion.” 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          I Like it, and I can imagine many of our dad’s saying it.

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  2. I am not sure subjects around the world appreciated his colonialism and imperialism with his “British Empire” this and “British Empire” that.

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    • Sadly this is just the typical approach and sentiment of so many towards Churchill and Great Britain! And without the early colonialism (the 13 British colonies) there would be no America!

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    • NEO says:

      Could be, but maybe they should look at the chaos and murderous unpunished thugs that succeeded the Empire

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      • Yes, even the British themselves also made mistakes, but “Britannia” helped make the whole of Europe, and even so many other places in the world! Such is history and providence, if we believe in the Judeo and Christian God! And here one cannot but think of the Balfour Declaration (November 1917), favoring the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish “National Home”. And it was sometimes hard going for the British therein. All did not go smoothly! But it was certainly a very great happening and providence for the world!

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        • NEO says:

          Hear, hear

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  3. the unit says:

    Some where I picked this up today.
    SCHOOL SONG
    We walk down halls with glory filled and proudly recall
    The hours spent in making you, a memory to all.
    When days go by and we have left, our hearts remain.
    Your colors are flying for all the world to see.
    Unfurl your banners bright with Victory.
    Winston Churchill, your honor we defend.
    Cherished thoughts we hold until the end.
    Winston Churchill, surpassed you’ll never be.
    So triumph in your name, we hail to THEE.

    http://wchs78.server.us/?pgref=memories
    No was not my high school and wonder if it’s still the school song today.

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    • NEO says:

      Love it, and hope so as well.

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    • the unit says:

      I did a backtrack to see how I found that. Comment at …
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10415601/Churchill-bust-welcomed-back-to-US-Capitol-after-Obama-snub.html

      Paula • a year ago
      Yay! I’m so glad that America has displayed the Winston Churchill bust again in Constitution Hall! I went to Winston Churchill High School in SA, Texas. We used to sing “Winston Churchill, your honor we defend…..”. I studied quite a bit about Churchill to see who’s honor I was defending. He was a remarkable Statesman and friend to the USA. Many don’t know that he was English and American (His mother was American). He was also given honorary citizenship by Kennedy in 1963.
      Today I am singing this song again, along with the rest of America :-)… Winston Churchill, your honor we defend!!!!

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      • NEO says:

        yay! for them 😀

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