Edwina Sandys, Sir Winston Churchill’s granddaughter, will join his great grandson Duncan Sandys, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott KCMG, and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to honor Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his death with “America’s Service of Remembrance” at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 24, at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
Sculptress Sandys used dismantled sections of the Berlin Wall to create the extraordinary sculpture,Breakthrough, permanently sited on the campus of Westminster College, where her grandfather, Sir Winston Churchill, gave his historic “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946. This sculpture is the longest contiguous section of the Berlin Wall found in North America.
America’s Service of Remembrance will be held in Westminster College’s own Christopher Wren Church, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. The order of the service is drawn from Churchill’s funeral service originally held at architect Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The service is free and open to the public.
America’s Service of Remembrance is one of the first in a series of events around the world entitled Churchill 2015 to commemorate the life, work and achievements of Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his death and to celebrate and advance his living legacy. A host of educational and cultural Churchill-related activity will be planned throughout the year as a part of this unique celebration.
Stephen Bridges, British Consul General in Chicago, and the Right Honorable Lord Watson of Richmond, Chairman of CTN Communications and Chairman of Havas Media UK, will also be in attendance.
Those visiting the National Churchill Museum’s website at www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org can view Churchill’s 1965 funeral program, BBC television footage of the service and newspaper articles about the funeral service.
“Leave the past to history especially as I propose to write that history myself.”