America’s National Churchill Museum’s Honor Trees Salute Service and Sacrifice

By Timothy Riley, the Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator of America’s National Churchill Museum

Each year in early November, the Mid-Missouri Friends of America’s National Churchill Museum (ANCM) display holiday trees at the Museum’s main entrance.

But these are not traditional Christmas decorations.

The white trees are clad with red ribbon, blue trim and photographs of men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces, of veterans and of those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Since the tradition began in 2009, the Museum has received nearly 200 photographs. Many are submitted with remembrances and stories of service and valor.

“The Honor Trees recognize those who are serving, have served or have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of liberty,” says Timothy Riley, Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Chief Curator of the ANCM. “Of all the exhibitions in the Museum, this display becomes one of the most meaningful when it is installed each year.”

Members of the Westminster community are invited to contribute photographs of military loved ones to be added to the Honor Trees. Photos can be submitted by mail to America’s National Churchill Museum, 501 Westminster Avenue, Fulton, MO 65251, or electronic copies can be emailed to The Museum will accept additional photos and stories until the last day of the year.

Original photographs will become part of the Museum’s Honor Tree Collection and cannot be returned. Duplicate and digital images may also be submitted. While there is no cost to include images, voluntary contributions are gladly accepted to support the Honor Tree Program.

Founded in 1851, Westminster College is a private liberal arts college in Fulton, MO. Relocated from London to Fulton, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, is a memorial to Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech and located above the ANCM. To learn more about Westminster College or the Museum, visit the College’s site here, or go to the ANCM site here.

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.