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.”