Descendants of Winston Churchill visit Westminster College
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 02:57:55 GMT —
Two of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's great grandchildren paid a visit to a Fulton College where Churchill made his now-famous "Iron Curtain" speech.
Churchill gave the speech on March 5, 1946. The speech, called The Sinews of Peace, is commonly considered the beginning of the Cold War.
The Cold War lasted from 1945 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Randolph Churchill and Jennie Churchill said this was the first time they had been to the college, which has a rich heritage of Cold War-era visitors including Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher.
"It's such a thrill to be here in Fulton, to follow in the footsteps of our great grandfather," Churchill said.
Their visit comes on the heels of Russia's decision to send troops into Crimea.
The Churchill descendants were joined by Churchill biographer Paul Reid, who said he thinks if Winston Churchill were alive today, he would push for global cooperation. In his 1946 speech, Churchill said nations must work together and create a global framework for peace in order to avoid another world war.
Randolph Churchill said his biggest wish is for people alive today to remember the sacrifices made to preserve freedom.
"25 years ago that wall came down," Churchill said. "For anyone who is 25 years or younger, there has been no greater event in their lifetime."