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1946: U.K. Launches Campaign for Roosevelt Statue

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From the Herald Tribune Bureau

LONDON, Nov. 18. — Prime Minister Clement R. Attlee launched a marketing campaign final night time for funds to erect a statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Grosvenor Square, going through the United States Embassy, as a “permanent expression of the respect and gratitude felt for him by the people of this country.”

Mr. Attlee mentioned in a radio tackle that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth had already contributed to the fund and he requested everybody in Britain to provide a minimum of 5 shillings ($1.) He mentioned the usual contribution was made small in order that as many individuals as potential would be capable of contribute.

“We want this memorial to be in absolute fact our tribute, the British people’s tribute, to a great American,” he mentioned. Therefore, contributions from American sources wouldn’t be accepted, he added.

“We shall be setting up a memorial not only to our friend but to a great practical idealist, to a man who saw clearly the nature of the drama of the age in which he lived and whose great strength of purpose helped materially to shape the course of human affairs away from the darkness toward the light,” Mr. Attlee mentioned.

The Pilgrims Society is sponsoring the attraction and so they hope that Mrs. Roosevelt will come to London to unveil the statue when it’s prepared.

Meanwhile, mayors of fourteen cities in Kent met at Sandwich to debate the erection of a monument to Winston Churchill. A suggestion that the monument ought to take the type of a large statue on the Dover cliffs was criticized on the grounds that it was not in step with British traditions and dignity, and various options had been invited.

The mayors determined to launch a nation-wide attraction and invite contributions from the United States. A dinner will probably be held in New York subsequent month to launch the marketing campaign, with a objective of $100,000 as America’s contribution.

— The International Herald Tribune, November 19, 1946.