On April 9, 1963, John F. Kennedy proclaimed Sir Winston Churchill an honorary U.S. citizen. This anniversary has been dubbed an unofficial holiday, National Winston Churchill Day. So let’s celebrate Winnie in his own words. . .
Fifty years have passed since his death, but Sir Winston Churchill‘s larger-than-life persona and his legacy of navigating challenging times in history live on. Americans have always loved the British Bulldog for his charismatic leadership through World War II, not to mention his U.S. roots — his mother was born in Brooklyn. And on April 9, 1963, President John F. Kennedy made the country’s admiration for Churchill official by bestowing honorary U.S. citizenship on the former British prime minister. “. . .Sir Winston Churchill, a son of America though a subject of Britain, has been throughout his life a firm and steadfast friend of the American people and the American nation. . .,” Kennedy read in the declaration of citizenship.
So, to celebrate National Winston Churchill Day, the anniversary commemorating the date Churchill became an honorary American, let’s remember him in his own words.