Senators Seek To Advance D-Day Prayer Bill

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) are partnering in an effort to have the words of President Franklin Roosevelt’s public prayer on D-Day inscribed on the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.

Speaking on the Senate Floor about the World War II Memorial Prayer Act (S.3078), Senator Portman stated, “With the invasion underway, President Roosevelt asked our nation to come together in prayer for the men fighting this dangerous but critical battle. His powerful and ecumenical prayer, drawing on our nation’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage and values, brought strength and inspiration to many during one of the most challenging times for our nation.”

On June 6, 1944, President Roosevelt’s prayer began, “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. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings.”

A similar bill, authored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), was approved by the House of Representatives in a 386-26 vote in January.

  • Learn more about this bill and find the full text of President Roosevelt’s D-Day prayer here.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations

Published: August 3, 2012