Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"A Transatlantic Thanksgiving: Churchill's 1944 Remarks Still Resonate."

"On Nov. 23, 1944, the British Prime Minister made his way to the Royal Albert Hall where the American community in London was commemorating Thanksgiving. It’s not clear whether Winston Churchill invited himself or if his remarks were planned. In any case, his presence was an inspiring surprise for the audience. He spoke for a few minutes without notes."
Link to the pdf of the entire statement.
We have come here tonight to add our celebration to those which are going forward all over the world wherever allied troops are fighting, in bivouacs and dug-outs, on battlefields, on the high seas, and the highest air. Always this annual festival has been dear to the hearts of the American people. Always there has been that desire for thanksgiving, and never, I think, has there been more justification, more compulsive need than now.
It is your Day of Thanksgiving, and when we feel the truth of the facts which are before us, that in three or four years the peaceful, peace-loving people of the United States, with all the variety and freedom of their life in such contrast to the iron discipline which has governed many other communities — when we see that in three or four years the United States has in sober fact become the greatest military, naval, and air power in the world — that, I say to you in this time of war, is itself a subject for profound thanksgiving.
We are moving forward in this struggle which spreads over all the lands and all the oceans; we are moving forward surely, steadily, irresistibly, and perhaps with God’s aid, swiftly, towards victorious peace. There again is a fitting reason for thanksgiving.
I have spoken of American thanksgiving. Tonight here, representing vaster audiences and greater forces moving outside this hall, it is both British and American thanksgiving that we may celebrate. And why is that? It is because under the compulsion of mysterious and all-powerful destiny we are together. We are joined together, shedding our blood side by side, struggling for the same ideals, until the triumph of the great causes which we serve shall have been made manifest.
But there is a greater Thanksgiving Day which still shines ahead, which beckons the bold and loyal and warm-hearted, and that is when this union of action which has been forced upon us by out common hatred of tyranny, which we have maintained during these dark and fearful days, shall become a lasting union of sympathy and good-feeling and loyalty and hope between all the British and American peoples, wherever they may dwell. Then, indeed, there will be a Day of Thanksgiving and one in which all the world shall share.”


Chiu ChunLing said...

"The waves of fascism and communism that emerged in the form of powerful military and political challenges to liberal democracies in the second half of the last century are essentially gone from history. No major nation currently presents or even aspires to present a similar threat to the United States or its allies."

Someone is smoking way too much hopium.

Anonymous said...

Churchill's are good words to be sure, but they fall a bit thin considering that Americans had just elected a scum-sucking Progressive as president several times in a row. That was not a war between tyranny and liberty. It was a war between authoritarian regimes of different flavors. Gang verses gang verses gang. We begin to see the fruits of it today, but it's full impact has yet to be felt. The Greatest Generation may have been fighting for principles, they may have been fighting for real estate, or they may have been fighting for their families, or just to stay alive, but their leaders were fighting for dominance.

The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend, and my countrymen are not necessarily my brothers. Those questions center on principles, where ever one may reside, for without the bedrock principles we have no friends, no brothers, and we have no country. -- Lyle