John.F.Kennedy “When Britain Stood Alone”

The White House, Washington D.C., April 9, 1963. (Awarding of honorary citizenship of the United States of America to Winston Churchill)

President John F. Kennedy said:-

“We meet to honour a man whose honour requires no meeting – for he is the most honoured and honourable 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 mobilised 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 honour him – but his acceptance honours us far more. For no statement or proclamation can enrich his name — the name Sir Winston Churchill is already legend.”

3 comments ↓

#1 Colin Davey on 07.22.10 at 11:56 am

Why all the fuss? He was only a junior partner…..

#2 Mark Clark on 07.22.10 at 3:06 pm

Stunning speech even after 40+ years. Who was the scriptwriter?

#3 Michael Whitty on 12.03.10 at 11:34 am

@ Colin; At the time Churchill ‘mobilised the English Language and sent it into Battle’, he was the only partner… France had fallen, and as J.F.K said, ‘Britain stood alone’

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