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1946: UK launches campaign for Roosevelt statue

Credit …International Herald Tribune

From the Herald Tribune

LONDON, 18 November. Prime Minister Clement R. Attlee launched a fundraising campaign last night to erect a statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Grosvenor Square across from the US Embassy as “a constant expression of respect and appreciation. for him the people of this country. “

Mr. Attlee said in a radio message that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth have already donated to the fund and he has asked everyone in the UK to contribute at least five shillings ($ 1). He said that the standard contribution was small so that as many people as possible could contribute.

“We want this memorial to be our tribute, a tribute to the British people, the great American,” he said. Therefore, contributions from American sources will not be accepted, he added.

“We will erect a monument not only to our friend, but also to the great practical idealist, a man who clearly saw the nature of the drama of the era in which he lived, and whose great determination helped materially shape the course. human affairs away from darkness to light, ”said Mr. Attlee.

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The Pilgrimage Society is sponsoring the appeal, and they hope that Ms. Roosevelt will come to London to unveil the statue when it is ready.

In the meantime, the mayors of fourteen Kent cities met at Sandwich to discuss the installation of a monument to Winston Churchill. The proposal for the monument to take the form of a giant statue on the cliffs of Dover has been criticized on the grounds that it is not in keeping with British tradition and dignity, and alternatives have been proposed.

The mayors decided to make a nationwide appeal and invite donations from the United States. Next month, a launch lunch will be held in New York to mark the launch of the $ 100,000 contribution.

– The International Herald Tribune, November 19, 1946

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