(One of a series of weekday posts on the life of Winston S. Churchill.)
From Finest Hour, Third Quarter 1965 - - -
The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Battle of Britain saw many posthumous honours bestowed on Sir Winston.
The first Churchill crown was struck at the Royal Mint and the very heavy demand for the coin exceeded that for the Coronation crown of 1953.
On 19 September forty members of the Churchill family attended the Battle of Britain Service in Westminster Abbey. The congregation rose as Lady Spencer-Churchill and Randolph walked down the aisle. A march of homage to Sir Winston composed by Sir Arthur Bliss, a massive, sombre piece of music, was played.
After the service the Queen unveiled a Churchill stone in the middle of the aisle, immediately west of the Unknown Warrior's stone. It is the first memorial one sees on entering the west door. On the wall just above it is the commemorative plaque to President Roosevelt. The Churchill stone is inscribed:
REMEMBER WINSTON CHURCHILL
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WISHES OFEarlier in the day a Spitfire and Hurricane flew over the Churchill grave at Bladon.
THE QUEEN AND PARLIAMENT
THE DEAN AND CHAPTER PLACED THIS STONE
ON THE TWENTY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN
15 SEPTEMBER 1965