FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer Act in Observance of the Anniversary is Read on the U.S. Senate Floor by Senators Rob Portman and Co-Sponsor Joseph Lieberman
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, the
took center stage on the U.S. Senate floor as Senator Rob Portman and Senator Joseph Lieberman jointly read the bill (S. 3078) and FDR’s entire prayer that he prayed with the nation the morning of the D-Day landing. Responding to the wishes of veterans and their families, Senator Portman introduced this legislation which will add FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer in its entirety to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., and urged his colleagues to pass it quickly.
Senator Portman made the following statement, “On D-Day, courageous Americans risked and sacrificed their lives to preserve our freedoms and end tyranny abroad,” said Portman. “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.
“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,” he added. “I encourage the Senate to take it up and pass it quickly.”
Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long stated, “Today this legislation took another historic step by being read on the U.S. Senate floor. The last time this prayer was heard in the halls of the U.S. Senate was 68 years ago when President Roosevelt prayed with the nation the morning of the Normandy invasion.
“This legislation has received broad bipartisan support and is worthy of the Senate quickly taking up the measure and presenting it to President Obama for his signature. The vast majority of WWII veterans and their families support this initiative. Many of these brave men, now in their ’80s and ’90s, remember clearly President Roosevelt praying with the nation the morning of the D-Day landings. It is only fitting that this wonderful historical presidential prayer be added to the WWII Memorial, honoring those brave men and women who served our country in WWII.
“President Roosevelt’s prayer articulated the great crusade that was underway to liberate millions suffering under tyranny. He honored the war effort and paid respect to the fallen and those veterans who fought courageously in the conflict.”
We therefore urge members of the U.S. Senate to follow the example of their Congressional counterparts and support the FDR D-Day Landing Prayer Act and pass this legislation that will allow its inclusion at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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