Roger Daltrey's Capitol performance
Roger Daltrey of "The Who" in front of a bust of the late British statesman Sir Winston Churchill
October 30th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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Roger Daltrey's Capitol performance

Washington (CNN) - Congressional leaders and Secretary of State John Kerry helped dedicate a bust Wednesday of the late British statesman Sir Winston Churchill at Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

British dignitaries at the event included Roger Daltrey of "The Who," and Churchill's grandson, Nicholas Soames, who's a member of the British Parliament.

In remarks during a ceremony in the large, ornate hall, Kerry noted two of Churchill's great-grandfathers fought in the American Revolution – both for George Washington's Army.

"One in the Berkshire County Militia, and the other as part of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment," said Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate for nearly three decades before becoming Secretary of State earlier this year.

Churchill is credited with leading the Allies to victory in World War Two when he was British Prime Minister. He also coined the phrase "special relationship" to describe ties with America.

His mother was an American who married an Englishman.

The bust of Churchill, in dark bronze atop white marble, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in time for the 70th Anniversary of Churchill's speechmaking that helped prepare for war.

Wednesday's ceremony focused on statesmanship and diplomacy. One of songs performed by Daltrey was "Stand by Me."

Kerry said honoring Churchill in Statuary Hall "will remind us of the bridges that we must build to span the gaps so that the work of democracy can continue."

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  1. Winston Smith

    God bless Winston Churchill. Leaders of this caliper are not apparent today, and there's none on the horizon.

    October 30, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |