Senators Recite FDR's Famous D-Day Prayer

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The U.S. Senate is marking the 68th anniversary of D-Day. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will be reciting a famous prayer on the floor of the Senate.

As American and Allied troops invaded Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt asked the nation to join him in prayer.

Roosevelt offered that prayer in a national radio broadcast, saying, "Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation, this day they set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity."

"Lead them straight and true, give strengths to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith," he prayed.

Portman and Lieberman are also sponsoring legislation to add an inscription of FDR's prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington.

A companion bill that passed the House calls for the plaque or inscription to be paid for with private donations.

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