"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”
We’ve been looking for an excuse to post excerpts from Winston Churchill’s famous speech since seeing the excellent movie Dunkirk earlier this year. The speech, given to the House of Commons June 4, 1940, ended with a direct call to arms for the U.S. to enter World War II.
Read the full text of the speech here.
On this Veterans Day, we salute all the men and women who answered that call, and who have been answering the call ever since.
“Give me your wealthy, your rich,
your huddled M.B.A.s yearning to be tax-free.
Send these, your English-speaking, fully insured, to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
And lift my leg upon your filthy poor.
P.S. No fatties, please.” —
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, transcribed by The New York Times
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
As we celebrate those words, written by Thomas Jefferson over 240 years ago, we wanted to share Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new music video, released just this past week. “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” is a powerful tribute to our nation’s newest Americans.
And for something more traditional, and equally powerful: John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” the official march of the United States of America, performed here by the United States Marine Band.
Check out some vintage recordings of Sousa marches here.
Happy Fourth of July!