A statue of the famous wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill will grace downtown Calgary. Sir Winston Churchill Society of Calgarya charity founded in 1966 by then Calgary Herald Publisher Frank Swanson, wife Vera and others.
In partnership with the province, the Churchill statue will be unveiled next spring on the south lawn of McDougal Center, the Southern Alberta “home” of the provincial government. It is another sculpture commemorating the sacrifices of World War II, Airman Memorial Statue.
The Churchill statue is now made of bronze. Standing one-and-a-half times Churchill’s height, it is a work of art created by the famous Edmonton sculptor Danek. Mozzenskywhose past works include a sculpture of the late Alberta Lieutenant Governor. Lois Halljazz musicians Clarence Horatio Miller and Alberta suffragists Nellie McClung.
New art is one of the reasons we are happy to lend it to Albertans forever. There are other reasons why all Canadians should remember Churchill. It also includes that he was the most critical politician of his 20th century and someone who valued the beauty and potential of Alberta.
The post-war world would have been a very different place if Churchill had become Prime Minister of his wartime ally Great Britain in May 1940 and had not been opposed by those who wanted Britain to negotiate a treaty with Nazi Germany. would have been The two murderous regimes of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, an Asia largely conquered and submitted to the Empire of Japan, a democracy that survived the relatively small islands of freedom in a world of tyranny.
This Wartime Alliance is one of the reasons why we should mourn Churchill in Calgary. A local reason is that Churchill was in Canada in August 1929 when he spent a month and became enamored with Alberta’s majestic scenery, which he later commemorated with several paintings.
After getting off at the CP train station in Calgary on August 24, In 1929, Churchill soon found himself addressing a teeming crowd of 750 at the Palliser Hotel. Churchill, a politician, journalist and author of the time, declared his Rockies “brilliant” upon seeing them for the first time. Later, in Lake His Louise, Churchill described it as “a truly enchanting scene”, and similar sentiments were repeated in Banff, Emerald His Lake, Radium. He later wrote to his wife Clementine that the Rocky Mountains “twenty Switzerlands became his one.”
Also still relevant to Alberta, Churchill visited the Turner Valley, where Alberta’s nascent oil industry was just beginning. While Churchill saw the potential of this industry, he was frustrated by the lack of support in the distant capital of the Empire, London.
While in the Turner Valley, Churchill’s son Randolph complained about the hellish looking industrial landscape and mocked the local oil companies as “lack of culture”. But Churchill, well aware that entrepreneurs must first create an economy that could fund the arts, countered that “cultured people are nothing more than glittering scum floating in the deep rivers of production.” .
According to Bradley Turpanen, who recorded the 1929 visit, Randolph thought his father’s rebuttal was “fuck”.
In 2022, we have to deal with reflexive critics who argue that historical figures should not be celebrated because their views are not quite in line with ours today. Impossible standards. We’re not perfect yet, and future generations will criticize some of her 21st century. concept.
Churchill was a man ahead of his time.he went fast social 20th century social reform Minimum wages, unemployment insurance, pensions, etc. for garment workers. He opposed the maltreatment of the Muslim minority in India and against anti-Semitism everywhere. Also, during the war, Churchill flatly refused when the U.S. military requested that black and white soldiers be segregated on British military installations.
In recognition of Churchill’s many achievements in contributing to a freer and more prosperous world, and his admiration for all things Alberta, the Churchill Society of Calgary has made this work of art readily available to all. That’s why we’re happy to donate.
Mark Milke is President of the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Calgary. For more information on the Churchill Statue Project, visit www.churchillcalgary.ca.
Opinion: It’s Time to Remember Sir Winston Churchill in Calgary
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