Friday, June 8, 2007

FDR's D-Day Prayer

Battle plans for the Normandy Invasion, the most famous D-Day.

(Yesterday marked) the 63rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion
to liberate Europe from Hitler's fascism. U.S. forces alone sustained over 6,500 casualties in one day. Knowing the gravity of the operation, Franklin Roosevelt, one of America's most liberal presidents, led the nation in a six minute prayer. Here are some excerpts:

"Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

"They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

"Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

"And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, - help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

"And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade.

"Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen."

(Source: Gary Bauer, "End of Day," posted ON D-Day, June 6, 2007