A thought for National Winston Churchill Day:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
President Kennedy, on April 9, 1963, signed into law a bill making Churchill — the soldier, author, and indefatigable British Prime Minister — an honorary citizen of the United States. It wasn’t his birthday, or even the day of his death (he was still very much alive), but the day did have military significance for us all. Sir Winston, knighted by the Queen for his wartime service to England, is credited with unifying the British people during the darkest days of World War II.
To commemorate Winston Churchill Day on April 9 we have great facts and pithy quotes to help you “keep calm and carry on.”
How to Observe National Winston Churchill Day
Binge-watch your favorite British TV shows
Love "The Great British Bake Off," or "Doctor Who"? If not, check out your favorite Brit clips on YouTube.
Find your inner Brit
No matter your obvious or not so obvious ethnicity, there are bound to be some Brits hiding in the proverbial woodpile of your genetic code. Ferret them out and show them off proudly.
Be Winston Churchill for the day
Dress up in a tux, a top hat, and a cane. Remember, always have a cigar handy and a ready list of quotes like: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak,” “Kites rise highest against the wind,” and “Never Never Never give in."
Why National Winston Churchill Day is Important
"Keep calm and carry on"
Churchill did not utter these famous words — but he's perhaps the person most linked to them. Today we use this slogan to promote a wide range of services and ideals.
He's the best of the British
From pop to royalty, Americans still seem to love all things England, including the fact that Churchill's an honorary citizen.
He reminds us that there’s some good in the world
Churchill set such a good example for all of us, not just the British people. Courageous, tenacious, erudite, and indomitable, he was everything we needed in a leader when fascism was taking over the world. He was an honorable statesman, orator, and leader who rallied the world to the cause of freedom. His strong will created the world we inherited, and that's worth remembering — and celebrating.