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    Limited to 100 copies, a presentation copy inscribed to his son Franklin, Jr.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt. D-Day Prayer, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt from the White House, June 6, 1944, Here Printed for His Friends at Christmastide 1944. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 1944. Edition limited to 100 copies, of which this is number 44. Presentation copy, inscribed by the President on the front free page to his son and daughter-in-law: "For Franklin Jr. & Ethel with love from Pa. Christmastide 1944. Franklin D. Roosevelt." Small slim quarto. Unpaginated (four pages of text). Printed in black, blue, and red. Vellum-backed marble paper boards. Gilt-stamped green leather title label to spine. In original slipcase.

    As thousands of U.S. and Allied soldiers stormed the beaches at Normandy, Roosevelt addressed the nation over the radio, with a prayer that he had written himself. He cited the need for peace and the upcoming uncertainty, and entreated for both patience and resolve in the coming times. Roosevelt was well aware of the great risk that Operation Overlord entailed, and prayed for the troops across the ocean and for their families on the home front: "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... 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".

    Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. (1914-1988) was the fifth of six children. He married socialite Ethel du Pont in 1937. During the Second World War, Roosevelt Jr. served as a junior naval officer before being promoted to lieutenant commander in March 1944. He subsequently gained command of the USS Ulvert M. Moore, which served in the Pacific.

    Condition: Toning and soiling on the cover's top edge, with further toning to inner pages. Sunning to slipcase, else fine. Inscription is bold.

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