U.S. Senate Passes by Unanimous Consent S 1044 the WWII Memorial Prayer Act
Contact: Chris Long, Ohio Christian Alliance, 330-887-1922
AKRON, Ohio, June 6, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- On this, the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent S 1044 the WWII Memorial Prayer Act. The Ohio Christian Alliance would like to commend the bill's sponsors, Senator Rob Portman (OH) and Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), for their support of this historic legislation that will add FDR's D-Day Landing prayer to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. This prayer will serve as a lasting tribute to those veterans who served the cause of freedom in defending the world against tyranny and oppression.
Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long stated, "President Roosevelt's prayer articulated the great crusade that was underway to liberate millions suffering under tyranny. He honored the war effort and paid tribute to the fallen and those veterans who fought courageously in the conflict. It is only fitting that succeeding generations learn of this prayer that was offered at that most poignant moment in our nation's history."
Seventy years ago today, on the morning of June 6, 1944, as Allied forces were landing on the beaches in Normandy, President Roosevelt went to the airwaves and prayed with our nation for God's blessing and protection upon our brave fighting men. He prayed, "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…."
This prayer when it is inscribed in stone at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. will stand as a living testament to generations to come of the sacrifice of brave Americans who, when faced with tyranny and threat to liberty, met that challenge with faith and courage.
Senator Portman issued this statement, "Every day, countless Americans volunteer to serve our country. Many more before them have made the greatest sacrifice of all, giving their lives to defend our freedoms. On D-Day, our nation mourned our men overseas who fell while combating tyranny. President Roosevelt asked us to come together to pray for these courageous heroes, and his words provided strength and comfort to a grieving nation." Sen. Portman continued, "At no cost to the taxpayer, our bill will immortalize this extraordinary prayer on the World War II Memorial so it becomes a permanent reminder of the sacrifice of not just those who fought in World War II, but also of the men and women who fight for us today and all those who lay down their lives for the cause of liberty. Now that the bill has passed the Senate, we are one step closer to ensuring that this powerful prayer will be added to the World War II Memorial, and I urge swift passage in the House of Representatives."
Contact Chris Long 330-887-1922