A specially commissioned sculpture of Sir WInston Churchill was unveiled at RUSI on 18 December 2013.
The one-and-a-half times life size bronze bust of Sir Winston Churchill is a gift from the UK Ministry of Defence to the United States Department of Defense and has been kindly sponsored by Alan Spence, CEO of Newsdesk Media. The bust is the work of the sculptor Vivien Mallock, who is extremely accomplished in creating public sculptures of military figures. One particular example is the memorial to the Royal Tank Regiment, of the five man crew of a Comet tank, in Whitehall Court.
The work represents the enduring relationship shared by the UK and the US, as underpinned by their respective militaries. It was therefore fitting that General Sir Nicholas Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff and Brigadier General John Quintas, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché at the US Embassy unveiled the bust as part of the Annual RUSI Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture on 18 December.
It is anticipated that the bust will eventually take up residence within the Pentagon this Spring, with one or two potential Churchill-related events being held at the Institute prior to its departure. A presentation plaque will be mounted above the work, quoting from Churchill's speech to the US Congress on the 26 December, 1941:
"I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American peoples will for their own safety and for the good of all walk together side by side in Majesty, in Justice, and in Peace".