THANKS­GIV­ING FOR A STRONG AMER­ICA

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

A his­tor­i­cal mo­ment to pon­der: a mes­sage to Amer­i­cans on Thanks­giv­ing Day 1944, from Win­ston Churchill, meant for the “bold, the loyal, the warm-hearted,” and those “in bivouacs and dugouts, on bat­tle­fields, on the high seas and in the high­est air.” The prime min­is­ter made his re­marks dur­ing a Thanks­giv­ing din­ner at Royal Al­bert Hall in Lon­don on Nov. 23, 1944.

“Al­ways, this an­nual fes­ti­val has been dear to the hearts of the Amer­i­can peo­ple. Al­ways it has been that de­sire for Thanks­giv­ing — and never I think, has there been more jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, more com­pul­sive need for it, than now. It is your day of Thanks­giv­ing,” Churchill said.

“When we feel the truth of the facts which are be­fore us — that in three or four years the peace­ful, peace-lov­ing peo­ple of the United States, with all the va­ri­ety and free­dom of their life — in such con­trast to the iron dis­ci­pline which has gov­erned many other com­mu­ni­ties,” Churchill be­gan, then paused.

“When we see that in three or four years, the United States has in sober fact be­come the great­est mil­i­tary naval and air power in the world, that, I say to you, in this time of the world, is in it­self, a sub­ject for pro­found thanks­giv­ing,” Churchill con­cluded, to thun­der­ous ap­plause. home-style pota­toes, cran­ber­ries, cherry-blue­berry cob­bler and the best view from any Thanks­giv­ing ta­ble.”

At Plimouth Plan­ta­tion, Ply­mouth, Mass: a 17th-cen­tury har­vest din­ner: “Cheate bread, sweet but­ter, sal­let of herb, mus­sels seeth’d with pars­ley and beer, dish of tur­key, sauc’d; pot­tage of cab­bage, leeks and onions; sweet pud­ding of na­tive corn, stewed pom­pion, chine of pork, roast’d; fri­c­as­see of fish, cheese­cake with spice and dried fruit, charger of Hol­land cheese and fruit, ciderkin.” In­ci­den­tally, “cheate” is wheat, “pom­pion” is pump­kin and “chine” is a pork butt cut.

STAN­FORD UNIVER­SITY

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill had a Thanks­giv­ing mes­sage for “the bold, the loyal, the warm-hearted” Amer­i­cans on Nov. 23, 1944.

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