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Bust Of British Leader With Mo. Ties Dedicated At U.S. Capitol

Brian Naylor / NPR
Bust of Winston Churchill dedicated October, 30, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

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.

The director of the National Churchill Museum, Rob Havers, was a guest on St. Louis on the Air last month. He spoke with host Don Marsh again today to talk about the bust and the ceremony he attended in Washington.

"Winston Churchill embodies many of the virtues and characteristics that Americans see in themselves," said Havers. "Determination and resolution, standing alone, standing for their ideals. So the notion of Winston Churchill as a figure that literally and figuratively straddled the Atlantic is a very real one. Many of Churchill's actions throughout his life strike me, certainly, as an American living in the United States, as being very American. And, I think, that is what resonates today."

St. Louis on the Air provides discussion about issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh.

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