Today marks the 70th anniversary of Churchill's Battle of Britain speech. When all of Europe was engulfed by a horrendous evil, Churchill stood at the head of the British people and swore eternal resistance. He rallied humanity in its darkest hour. And won through.
The day was marked by a flight of Spitfires over London which I only realised when I looked up from my desk and saw everyone on the floor had gathered on the side with the windows that face Parliament. "Okay, I'll bite," I said. "What are we looking at?"
It was also commemorated by a famous actor re-reading the speech in Whitehall. Here's an excerpt:
Much better yet, here's Dame Vera Lynn, and also one of the surviving members of 'The Few' Flight Lt William Walker of 616 Squadron, recounting their experiences of the Battle of Britain:
(Here's Dame Vera doing her stuff during wartime:
And here's the great man himself: