As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, all generations should read and listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s powerful D-Day prayer.
He didn’t call for a special “Day of Prayer.” He called for continued prayer. He knew that by God’s Grace, and the righteousness of our cause, that our sons would triumph. And he knew that with God’s blessing, we would prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy.
Roosevelt was a great communicator. And he knew how to use the power of radio to bypass the media and go straight to the American people.
In WWII, the very survival of western civilization was at stake. In freedom’s darkest hour, America’s Commander-in-Chief turned to the Almighty and understood the power of prayer. FDR had a letter printed in the Soldier’s Pocket Bible given to soldiers leaving for war in which he took pleasure “in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve.” On the evening of D-Day, June 6th 1944, President Roosevelt went on radio to address the nation, but he did so by asking the American people to join him in prayer.
I am concerned that many of our younger generation don’t understand what it really means to be an American and don’t have an appreciation of what our men and women in uniform have done over the years to give us the freedom we enjoy today. Unfortunately, we don’t emphasize American history and civics in our schools like we used to. A recent study found that 22 percent of millennials weren’t sure if they knew what the Holocaust was. And 67 percent had not heard of Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp where more than 1 million Jews and others were murdered.
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