British leader Sir Winston Churchill gets his share of attention in Missouri. The national museum dedicated to the prime minister who led Great Britain through World War II is located in Fulton. But this week, Churchill was the focus of bipartisan national and international attention, as Congress dedicated a bust of the leader during a ceremony in Statuary Hall.
Winston Churchill is famous for making political speeches, warning of political peril ahead. He warned Great Britain and the world of the dangerous rumblings coming out of Germany during the 1930s as well as when Communist Russia began to expand its reach after World War II. At that time, Churchill warned the world of the "iron curtain" descending across Central and Eastern Europe.
In 1996, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the same place where almost 50 years earlier, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. During her visit, Thatcher gave a speech that still has relevance today, especially in light of the continuing threat of nuclear weapons by North Korea.