50 Year Anniversary, January 24, 2015 Of Sir Winston Churchill’s Passing (1874 – 1965).
by Anura Guruge
1. Churchill’s speech to parliament D-Day.
2. Churchill’s Mulberry Harbors for D-Day.
3. Death of Churchill’s youngest daughter.
4. Sri Lankan bad mouths Churchill.
5. Disastrous Churchill minute at 2012 Olympics.
30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965
He is probably my most esteemed hero and greatest source of inspiration.
His mastery over English has me in reverential awe.
His tenacity is something that I can but only dream about.
His leadership is my baseline for measuring all others
— and not many have even come close.
His empathy for his people was so special and rare, that I love
watching old footage of him to savor that magical touch.
His speeches give me goosebumps.
He was 79 when I was born. I was eleven when he died.
There was a film made, in grainy color, at least for distribution within the Commonwealth, of his funeral. I think it was called “A Journey’s End”. I remember being taken to see it in Colombo, Ceylon. It was probably in 1965. I still remember bits of it. It made quite an impression. I think that was my first real exposure to Sir Winston Churchill.
Over the years I have read some of his books and books about him. I have watched his speeches, many available on YouTube, and seen any movies made about him, e.g., the 2002 “The Gathering Storm“.
I named one of my Golden’s “Winston”. I named his sister “Maggie“, and I think Winston would have approved.
I have been to his graveside at St Martin’s Church, Bladon — on one of my visits to his birthplace, Blenheim Palace, one of my favorite stately homes in Britain.
From what I can see Google has never done a Doodle for for Sir Winston. That seems remiss.