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Eyewitness to Churchill speech returns for dedication

Eyewitness to Churchill speech returns for dedication

May 16th, 2011 in News

Robert Hawkins, 89, a retired Jefferson City attorney, recalls attending Sir Winston Churchill's famed "Sinews of Peace" speech in 1946. With him Friday in Fulton at the dedication of a Churchill sculpture is Edwina Sandys, Churchill's granddaughter.

Photo by Don Norfleet

Robert L. Hawkins Jr., a retired Jefferson City attorney, had a special reason for wanting to attend the dedication Saturday of a sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill commemorating his famed "Sinews of Peace" address at Westminster College in Fulton.

Hawkins, 89, was in the audience when Churchill intoned: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent." It was Churchill's historic warning of the growing communist threat posed to the West by the Soviet Union.