Sir Winston Churchill, Public Domain
Sir Winston Churchill, Public Domain Credit: Photo digitized by: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives

In two years time, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s birth.

To coincide with that, it would be wonderful to rename the late May bank holiday to be known as “Churchill Day”. The late May bank holiday currently has a miserable name (“Spring bank holiday“) and it roughly coincides with Churchill’s “We shall fight on the beaches” speech, depending on the specifics of the calendar.

In the USA, there is some unofficial discussion of a Churchill Day: April 9th commemorates the day in 1963 that Congress and President John F. Kennedy presented Winston Churchill with honorary U.S. citizenship. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed November 30, 1964, Sir Winston Churchill Day.

It would be wonderful for these Isles to celebrate our own Churchill Day.