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Published on April 9th, 2015 | by admin

Today Is Winston Churchill Day

Did you know that 9th April is Winston Churchill Day? It was on this date back in 1963 that Sir Winston Churchill became an Honorary Citizen of the United States.

In fact Churchill had already been granted honorary citizenship to eight individual states in the United States as a prelude, namely Hawaii, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennesse, Texas and West Virginia.

Bestowed upon him by John F Kennedy, Sir Winston Churchill was the first ever foreign national to be awarded this honour acknowledging an individual of exceptional merit.

Acknowledged to be one of the greatest Britons, Sir Winston Churchill is certainly recalled as one of the Prime Ministers who stamped their authority on Britain.

Having been leader of the country for most of World War Two, Winston Churchill worked tirelessly throughout the conflict with Nazi Germany. The success of the alliance, notably the co-operation with the United States and its leader of that time President Roosevelt was pivotal.

As a distinguished soldier who fought in World War One, Churchill was also a talented writer awarded the Nobel Prize Winner for Literature in 1953.

Winston Churchill Day will be of special significance this year as 2015 marks 50 years since the passing way of an iconic leader. Earlier this year a remembrance service was held followed by a procession of small boats passing down the Thames.

Talking of nautical matters and demonstrating the high regard in which Churchill is held within the United States, a US navy ship was named in his honour. USS Winston S. Churchill, regarded as one of the United States Navy’s most capable warships, is the only US Navy ship to have a Royal Navy officer assigned permanently to the ship’s company in honour of the ship’s namesake.

It was docked in Britain last month along with the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt on the first stop of a world wide deployment.

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