National Winston Churchill Day:
Celebrated on April 9th every year. The Day is to recall the moment when Winston Churchill, former Prime minister of the United Kingdom, was officially declared as the “honorary citizen of the United States” by then President John F.Kennedy in the year 1963.
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Why Winston Churchill Day?
The Day is to recall the moment when Winston Churchill, former Prime minister of the United Kingdom, was officially declared as the “honorary citizen of the United States” by then President John F.Kennedy in the year 1963. Nevertheless, he was not able to attend the event due to his poor health. Thus watched the relay from his home when his son, Randolph accepted it on behalf of him.
John F.Kennedy also gifted an identification document which, similarly appeared as a Passport, as a special gift though cannot be used as a Passport. He is the first foreign national to be proclaimed with the award. He was also granted as the honorary citizen in eight other states.
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Interesting Facts About Winston Churchill Day:
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer – Churchill, born on 30 November 1874, was a significant British Politician, Writer, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom And famous for his quotes as well. His addresses during the second world war have been a fabulous inspiration to the British Warriors. The famous one among them all is “I have nothing to offer but Blood, Toils, Tears, and sweat”.
Conversely, his physical health got deteriorated after the heart attack and acute pneumonia in the consecutive years during the wartime. He was recognized with several awards in his lifetime, which included a Nobel prize award in Literature in 1953. on mid-January 1965, he suffered a massive stroke further becoming worse and passes away on 24 January 1965, at his 90th age.
Throughout his term, Churchill has maintained a cordial relationship with the United States, especially with Franklin D.Roosevelt. They both shared a close bonding eventually resulting in providing military equipment without payment by implementing Lend-Lease Policy right after the re-election held in 1940. After the second world war, both of them agreed to re-draw the Asian and European boundaries and signed a treaty named “Morgenthau Plan” unanimously by agreeing to convert Germany into an Agricultural country at the second Quebec Conference.He also maintained a steady relationship with President Harry S.Truman after the demise of Roosevelt.
History of Winston Churchill Day:
People who received the honorary citizenship award cannot enjoy any privileges like the U.S born citizens. Further, the citizenship should be granted by the Government followed by the President’s Proclamation along with an acknowledgment on the Senate Website.
Winston Churchill is the First person to receive the honorary Citizenship Award in the year 1963.
Raoul Wallenberg received this Citizenship in the year 1981 for his extraordinary work in providing passport to the Hungarian Jews during the Second World War.
William Penn was named honorary Citizen in 1984 because of his work in founding Pennsylvania colony.
Mother Teresa of Yugoslavia received citizenship for her charitable duties in Calcutta, India.
, Marquis de Lafayette, Casimir Pulaski named honorary citizen due to their dedication in American Independence. However, it is unclear on Marquis Proclamation.
Bernardo de Galvez has been the recipient of the award recently in the year 2014 for his pivotal role in the Revolutionary War.
Winston and Mother Teresa were the two people who received this award during their life period. Whereas, the Others were granted with the honorary citizenship after their death.