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John Danforth To Receive Churchill Award This Week

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John Danforth To Receive Churchill Award This Week

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  Statesman John Danforth will be honored later this week with the Winston Churchill Leadership Medal. The prestigious award will be presented to Danforth on Thursday night during a gala at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country. The award is given by the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, […]

John Danforth To Receive Churchill Award This Week

St. Louis, MO  (KTRS)  Statesman John Danforth will be honored later this week with the Winston Churchill Leadership Medal.

The prestigious award will be presented to Danforth on Thursday night during a gala at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country. The award is given by the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill gave his famous “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.

“People associate statesmanship with Winston Churchill and that was a term that was very much applied to Senator Danforth during his long and distinguished career. I think it’s very fitting that his accomplishments as a senator, former ambassador to the United Nations, and certainly as one to bring people together is what exemplifies the career of Senator Danforth,” said Timothy Riley, Chief Curator of the National Churchill Museum.
Riley also said that he believes Danforth is a strong role model for young people. “People often visit the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College and say why we don’t have more leaders like Churchill today and think in Senator Danforth we have a great leader. I often say why we don’t have more great leaders like Jack Danforth and I think that’s an appropriate way of thinking of this award.”

Danforth is not the only recipient of the Winston Churchill Leadership Medal in his family. Danforth’s brother, Dr. William H. Danforth, former Chancellor Emeritus of Washington University in St. Louis, was the first recipient of this award in 2006.

Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will deliver the keynote address at the event on Thursday evening. Lord Alan Watson, a member of the British Parliament and the House of Lords will be among the distinguished guest in attendance.

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