POTD 2018/062. Darkest Hour
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Saturday, March 03, 2018
By J.W. Remington Photographics
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When visiting New Orelans in May of 2016, my wife and I stayed at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel. This statue of Winston Churchill stands in the circle in front of the hotel’s entrance before the tracks.

After watching Academy Awards nominee "Darkest Hour" this afternoon, I remember the statue and decided to return to the photos I'd taken of it to find today's Photo of the Day.

If you're like me, you're wondering why there is a Winston Churchill statue in New Orleans. So I looked into it. According to Julia Street of New Orleans Magazine:

"In November 1977, International Rivercenter, the company that built the Hilton on Poydras Street, donated to the city both British Place and the statue of Winston Churchill. The company’s generosity and choice of statuary makes sense once you know that the company’s co-managing partner, James S. Coleman Jr., served as honorary British Consul for Louisiana. The Churchill statue is the work of the Welsh sculptor Ivor Roberts-Jones.

"Churchill’s daughter, Lady Soames, attended the dedication ceremony. Lady Soames told the audience of her late father’s pride that he had been granted honorary U.S. citizenship and that his mother was an American. Lady Soames went on to say she was honored her father was chosen to personify the 200 year bond between the U.S. and Great Britain as well as both nations’ 'mutual love of freedom.'

"The statesman himself also got in a few words, thanks to an old tape recording. As the crowd stood gathered at the foot of Poydras street, Winston Churchill was heard to proclaim that the U.S.’ support of Great Britain was '... like the Mississippi. It just keeps rolling along.'" 

Because he earned it, I'll give Sir Winston Churchill the last word.

"Having received His Majesty’s commission, I have formed an Administration of men and women of every Party and of almost every point of view. We have differed and quarreled in the past; but now one bond unites us all — to wage war until victory is won, and never to surrender ourselves to servitude and shame, whatever the cost and the agony may be. this is one of the most awe-striking periods in the long history of France and Britain. It is also beyond doubt the most sublime. Side by side, unaided except by their kith and kin in the great Dominions and by the wide empires which rest beneath their shield – side by side, the British and French peoples have advanced to rescue not only Europe but mankind from the foulest and most soul-destroying tyranny which has ever darkened and stained the pages of history. Behind them – behind us- behind the Armies and Fleets of Britain and France – gather a group of shattered States and bludgeoned races: the Czechs, the Poles, the Norwegians, the Danes, the Dutch, the Belgians – upon all of whom the long night of barbarism will descend, unbroken even by a star of hope, unless we conquer, as conquer we must; as conquer we shall." ― Winston Churchill, "Be Ye Men of Valour," May 19, 1940, BBC.

1/160, 1/1250, 1/640, 1/320, 1/80 , 1/40, 1/20 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens at 70mm

I hope you enjoy today's J.W. Remington Photographics' Photo of the Day for March 3, 2018!

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