DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt D-Day Prayer Broadside. One page, 14.75" x 21.75". Washington, December, 1944. A multicolored lithograph of President Roosevelt's prayer following the successful invasion of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. In full:
"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... With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. 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 men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen."
Roosevelt's famous D-Day Prayer was originally entitled "Let Our Hearts Be Stout," and was written by him as Allied troops were invading German-occupied Europe during World War II. The prayer was read to the Nation over the radio on the evening of the D-Day invasion, June 6, 1944, while American, British and Canadian troops were fighting to establish beachheads on the coast of Normandy in France. The previous night, June 5, the President had also been on the radio to announce that Allied troops had entered Rome. The spectacular news that Rome had been liberated was quickly surpassed by news of the gigantic D-Day invasion, which began at 6:30 a.m. on June 6. By midnight about 57,000 American and 75,000 British and Canadian soldiers had gotten ashore. Allied losses on D-Day included 2,500 killed and 8,500 wounded.
Under the prayer is printed: "Christmas - 1944 - from F.D.R."
Condition: Lightly toned with a bit of mat burn along the edges. Two small surface creases in left are visible only at an angle. Ideal for framing and display.
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