FDR’s D-Day Prayer

On June 5, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced on the radio that Allied troops had entered Rome. The news was 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, a struggle 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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