The Prayer of FDR

This week, supporters of the D-Day Landing Prayer Act celebrated Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) introduction of this legislation which would add President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s D-Day Landing Prayer in its entirety to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Sen. Portman has encouraged his colleagues to quickly pass the legislation.

The senator stated, “On D-Day, courageous Americans risked and sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedoms and end tyranny abroad.  That morning, President Roosevelt asked our nation to come together to pray for the men overseas.  His words brought strength and comfort to many during one of the most challenging times for our nation and will forever be etched in our history.”

He continued, “This bill ensures that FDR’s prayer will become a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of those who fought in World War II, and of the power of prayer through difficult times.”

I think this is important legislation particularly because there are many in our nation who seek to wipe out our nation’s history of prayer and dependence on God.  It is important that future generations are aware of the fact that many of our nation’s leaders, both Democrat and Republican, had a desire to bring Almighty God into the equation, especially when our nation was facing severe challenges.

FDR’s prayer was read over the radio airwaves during the evening of D-Day, June 6, 1944, when about 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops landed on five beaches of vast coastline in France’s Normandy region.  The website for the National D-Day Memorial (www.dday.org) reports that the landing “included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men.”  It was a horrific day, with the Allied Forces suffering nearly 10,000 casualties, including more than 4,000 dead.  However, as the Memorial website declares, “Somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, Fortress Europe had been breached.”  Thank God for these men who gave all to defend liberty, and thank God for the President who encouraged a nation to its knees.  May we never forget that day, the terrible sacrifice, and the President’s prayer.