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.”

Share

More Book Minute Features

February 10, 2020

Charles A. Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley, whose father was a slave, became one of the prolific gospel songwriters of his time! Although he didn’t attend school, he l...
February 03, 2020

Horace Greeley

Horace Greeley, born on this date in 1811, served in Congress, ran for president, helped organize the Republican Party, and founded The New York Tribu...
January 27, 2020

The Washington Monument and Exodus 28:36

The Washington Monument, at 555 feet, is the tallest public structure in Washington, DC, and is located on the National Mall. It took thirty-six years...