FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2013
D-Day Landing Prayer Act Reintroduced in the House and Senate
In honor of our veterans, past and present, Congressman Bill Johnson reintroduced the D-Day Landing Prayer Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was also reintroduced in the U.S. Senate.
Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long stated, “We are pleased that members of Congress are as committed as we are to seeing the inclusion of this prayer, honoring those brave men and women who served us in WWII, become a permanent addition to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.”
Roosevelt prayed, “Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a might endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity….”
The bill was first introduced by Johnson during the 112th Congress, and was passed by the House. However, the Senate did not vote on this legislation, and it expired. This reintroduction will allow the bill to once again be placed on the desk of Senate Leader, Harry Reid.
Congressman Johnson released the following statement: "'Let Our Hearts Be Stout' - that is the prayer President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed on the morning our troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. He had a tremendous weight on his shoulders the morning of June 6, 1944, and as he sent 73,000 U.S. soldiers into enemy territory, he turned to God to find comfort and peace.
This bill asks my fellow Statesmen to place a plaque inscribed with this prayer on the official World War II Memorial, here in Washington. Today, I am reintroducing this legislation, and this time we cannot allow it to end up on the Senate's cutting room floor. FDR's prayer is an important part of our nation's history, and it deserves its rightful place in our memoriam."
For more information contact Chris Long 330-887-1922
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- Published on Saturday, 23 November 2013 03:51
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2013
D-Day Landing Prayer Act Passes Senate Committee
Today, S 1044, The D-Day Landing Prayer Act, legislation that will include FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer in its entirety at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long stated, "We would like to commend Senator Portman, Senator Landrieau, and members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for today's referral of S 1044 to the full Senate. 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. We are encouraged by the support that this legislation is receiving and we urge the U.S. Senate to pass it quickly."
Sixty-nine years ago, 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. As the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings is approaching, we urge the U.S. Senate to pass S1044, the D-Day Landing Prayer Act quickly, in time to honor those heroes of the D-Day Landings.
For more information contact Chris Long 330-887-1922
- Published on Monday, 26 November 2012 19:58
- Published on Friday, 20 January 2012 17:28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Christian Alliance of America Applauds Progress on WWII Memorial Prayer Act
Washington, D.C. The Christian Alliance of America commends Congressional members serving on the House Committee on Natural Resources, who today supported H.R. 2070, The WWII Memorial Prayer Act of 2011. This legislation will ensure that FDR's D-Day Landing Prayer is included at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. with either an inscription or plaque. The Alliance commends Congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio's 6th District and the growing group of bipartisan co-sponsors of this legislation.
"We are grateful to have the Committee move this important legislation forward," offered Chris Long of the Christian Alliance of America. "There is bipartisan support for our effort and we hope that with this momentum, there will be a vote on the House floor in the future."
WWII Navy Veteran George "Poppy" Fowler, who served on the U.S.S. Essex as a Navy aviator, presented testimony before the House Natural Resources Committee in support of the bill. Mr. Fowler testified that adding the President's prayer would be appropriate. He added, "Those reading this prayer would be able to recall sacrifices made by our military and also those on the home front. This prayer came at a perilous time and it was answered by victory at a dear cost of life."
Congressman Bill Johnson stated, "President Roosevelt's prayer gave solace, comfort, and strength to our nation and our brave warriors as we fought against tyranny and oppression. These words should be included among the tributes to the Greatest Generation memorialized on the National Mall."
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 respect 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. We are encouraged by the support that this legislation is receiving. Veterans and veterans groups across the nation are in support of adding FDR's D-Day Landing Prayer to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. This prayer represents an important piece of American history. Historians indicate that President Roosevelt hand wrote the prayer which was an inspiration to a nation engaged in a great world war of which the outcome was still very much uncertain. The prayer gave hope to millions of Americans."
The Alliance joins veterans across the United States to urge members of Congress to cosponsor and support H.R. 2070.
For more information contact Chris Long at 330-887-1922