Bill Calls for D-Day Prayer on WWII Memorial

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A collection of lawmakers, veterans, and Christian groups are pushing to have President Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day landing prayer placed at the World War II memorial in the nation's capital.

"President Roosevelt's prayer gave solace, comfort, and strength to our nation as we fought against tyranny and oppression,' Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, said. "Those words should be included among the tributes to the Greatest Generation memorialized on the National Mall."
     
As Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, FDR took to the airwaves, praying that God would bless and protect those troops.

"As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts," Roosevelt prayed. He also asked Americans to pray daily.

Johnson has introduced legislation to have the entire speech inscribed in stone. The address would then be placed at the memorial on the national mall that honors WWII veterans.

"We're humbled and grateful for the service of the men and women who fought in World War II," Johnson said. "It is a fitting tribute to them to add onto their memorial the words Americans used to pray for their safe return home.

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