Monday, October 06, 2008

The Churchill Series - Oct. 6, 2008

(One of a series of weekday posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill.)

This post, now slightly tweaked, originally appeared in May 2007.


Today a few of Winston Churchill’s May 8, 1945 V- E Day recollections.

But they’re not the recollections of a great war leader and statesman. They’re the recollections of Churchill’s grandson and namesake who almost half a century later recalled that joyful day in his fifth year of life:

At last the war was over. V-E Day was a day which none of my generation will ever forget.

Following the unconditional surrender of Germany to the Allies on 8 May 1945, the entire British nation, after more than five long years of war, launched into a great and spontaneous celebration of victory.

Aged four and a half, waving my paper Union Jack on a stick and with my hand firmly held by [my nanny,] “Mrs. M.”, I joined the half-million strong crowd that gathered outside Buckingham Palace on that joyful day.

I was not in the least surprised to see Grandpapa appear on the balcony with King George VI, the Queen and other members of the Royal Family, as we all cheered them to the echo.

What could be more natural? I always knew he was the most important Grandpapa in the whole world.
Winston S. Churchill, Memories and Adventures. (Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson) (pg. 34)