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06 June 1944

06 June 2014 @ 11:32

President Roosevelt’s remarks on D-Day:

My Fellow Americans:

Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

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. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. 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, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God.

Amen.

Think the jug-eared Wonder Boy would ever consider saying such things?…no answer required.

God help us.

6 Comments
  1. 06 June 2014 @ 11:48 11:48

    Mr. Roosevelt understood what it was to lead. In his era, actual leadership, including Noblesse Oblige, was part of education.

    I say little about his administration in respect for his wartime leadership.

  2. David R. Graham permalink
    06 June 2014 @ 15:19 15:19

    With apologies for having to take the part of a theologian on this one as well as risk self-promotion:

    ‘God listened to President Roosevelt’s Prayer and granted success to all supplications up until the Prayer’s closing lines, when He said to himself, “That delusional old man, time to come home.”’

    http://theological-geography.net/?p=6633

  3. 07 June 2014 @ 08:13 08:13

    A president *praying* to the American people? I’m outraged! Outraged, I tell you!

  4. 09 June 2014 @ 10:35 10:35

    No answer required? Just as well. Cuz he’s not taking that damned chewing gum out of his mouth for anybody.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      09 June 2014 @ 11:15 11:15

      On behalf of the sane people left in The United States, I apologize.

      On Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 10:35 AM, The Camp Of The Saints wrote:

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