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.”
More Book Minute Features
June 24, 2019
The Lost Gutenberg
Rare book collectors know the crown jewel of any library would be a complete Gutenberg Bible. Johannes Gutenberg produced perhaps 180 copies. Today, o...
June 17, 2019
Some of the earliest known examples of Christian art portraying biblical figures are actually underground. In miles of tunnels outside the walls of Ro...
June 10, 2019
Shavuot—the Feast of Weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after Passover—commemorating the first fruits of the harvest, associated with the giving of the...