The Most Important Time of The Year, 1941

Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill & President Franklin D. Roosevelt, enjoying dinner at the White House – Christmas, 1941

In 1941, Winston Churchill made two of the most important visits to the United States. In the August, he met with President Roosevelt in Newfoundland, and together they signed the Atlantic Charter, which formed the basis of the Allies intentions towards the aggressor after the war, and a pledge that the errors of the First World War would not be repeated. On December 7, the Japanese attacked at Pearl Harbor, and two days later Mussolini, followed by Hitler, declared war on the United States, thus securing the Allies victory.

It is 75-years since that terrible attack, and being a Brit, having the honour of living among you, I certainly agree with Great-Grandpapa’s sentiments in his 1941 Christmas message at the White House. “I spend this anniversary and festival far from my country…yet I cannot truthfully say that I feel far from home.”

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, watch the Christmas Light ceremony at the White House, 1941

Churchill’s love for America led him to drop everything after Pearl Harbor was attacked and fly over to spend Christmas in America. His visit was the sign of solidarity that struck fear in the hearts and minds of our enemies, but a cord of hope in the homes of those united against the tyranny of Hitler and his Nazis.

“Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world.

And so, in God’s mercy, a happy Christmas to you all.”

 

 


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QUOTATIONS SOURCES

“I spend this anniversary and festival…” – CHURCHILL, Winston S. – Christmas Message in Washington, DC, 1941

IMAGE SOURCES

Image 1: https://wandervogeldiary.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/winston-churchill-visits-fdr-7.jpg

Image 2: http://warontherocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/President_Franklin_D_Roosevelt_and_Prime_Minister_Winston_Churchill_light_the_US_National_Christmas_Tree_-_1941.jpg

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