D-Day: Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Prayer for the Troops

On June 5, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced on the radio that Allied troops had entered Rome—news overshadowed by the announcement of the D-Day invasion at 6:30 a.m. on June 6.

That evening, President Roosevelt read a prayer to the nation as American, British, and Canadian troops took beach heads on the coast of Normandy: "Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor to preserve our Republic, our religion . . . Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen."

Bibles handed out to troops included this inscription from Roosevelt: “As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States.”

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