National Churchill Parade celebrates 50th anniversary with parade

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FULTON - The National Churchill Museum celebrated 50 years with a parade Saturday.

It commemorated former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. After losing his election in Europe, Churchill was invited by Harry S. Truman to speak at Westminster College. There he delivered his iconic "Iron Curtain" speech.

The National Churchill Museum was built in his honor in 1969.

The museum celebrated 50 years with many events, including a parade.

The parade began at Westminster Avenue and 7th Street, the route Winston Churchill and President Harry Truman took when they arrived in Fulton, on March 5, 1946.

Members of Churchill and Truman's family were there as special guests.

According to organizers, the parade also hosted other guests such as military bands, the Air Attaché British Embassy and an Air Force commanding officer.

National Churchill Museum Director and Chief Curator Timothy Riley found it remarkable how Churchill's impact affected many people.

"From those who remembered Churchill, to those who see him is a distant memory, he will come alive today," said Riley.

The museum has an exhibition with artwork from K-12 students on the theme of special relationships, inspired by Churchill's influence on bringing many towns together.

The celebrations continue with a service Sunday at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury at 10 a.m.