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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer

Broadcast via radio the evening of June 6, 1944. Roosevelt wrote the payer himself.

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11 Responses to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer

  1. Every time I hear I get chills for what the country was going through at that time.
    On this Day of Day’s especially, pause, reflect, remember and be ever so thankful that your first view of sunlight today was not 5 miles of exploding Omaha Beach.
    God Bless the United States of America

  2. Listening to his prayer (can you imagine a president doing this today!), Reagan’s speech, and then Obama’s comments, the change in our country’s culture over the past 30 to 70 years is evident. I’m afraid our thinking has become so shallow and that we can no longer think in terms of good and evil (you really can’t talk about good if there isn’t evil). Still, the principles that we are founded on are still largely reflected in our laws and practices, perhaps unrecognized by many, and so perhaps there is still the opportunity for a resurgence of what has made us a great nation through much of our history.

  3. There are stories of that time we never seem to read or hear about.
    The stories of those who didn’t go off to war, those who stayed in America with their ration books, the shortages, the fear of telegrams, or even to answer the door.
    My dear Mother told of hearing the news of Pearl Harbor from her co-workers who had radios in their cars (not everyone did). They asked each other “where is Pearl Harbor”, and what were our ships doing there.
    The news and information spread slowly by today’s standards of instant communications, and the questions only got louder….”why would Japan bomb an island in the Pacific and take out our fleet?”. At that time, war was caused by some people called Nazis and Europe was in turmoil. Not something that affected them, here in the US.

    There’s more, lots more interesting stories of those who waited, who worked 16 hour shifts in the steel mills and factories , the too young and too old to fight who stepped up to cover where they were needed, and the women who put aside the helpless, dependent role they played to take over positions vacated by their men. ,

    • Srdem65 You are correct. My grandfather never spoke of WWII, he did not share the horror with the family. My grandmother all my life would tell me true stories like the examples you mentioned. My only regret is that I did not write every true story she told me, so I could hand down to my children and grandchildren.
      My mom was just born when Grandpa signed up. All my childhood he always asked his grandchildren what book are you reading.
      Most of his army belongings were distroyed in Hurricane Betsy.
      He was shot off a hill taken care of and flown back home.
      He never even showed the grandchildren his scar.
      So again my prayers and thanks to all Vets.
      By the way Keith, I will show this to my son. Tks.