Remembering when Democrats prayed for Victory

Sixty-Four years ago the U.S. and Allied Armed Forces began their great crusade in Europe. In a single day every single family in America lost a friend or family member in a single battle. It is beyond the scope of anyone who wasn’t alive on D-Day to understand the magnitude of the fight we were engaged in. Today the American people cower in the face of the enemy because they believe the enemy propaganda spewed forth daily which states that we cannot win the world war in which we are currently engaged. Our enemies want us to believe that our military losses worldwide since September 11th 2001 dictate our retreat from the battlefield. We lost more men in a single day, THIS day Sixty-Four years ago, than we have lost in the current World War over the past six and a half years.

Today we cannot imagine a Democrat leadership who would call on Almighty God to bless us on the field of battle. For that matter our Republican leadership is lacking in this regard. Our leadership today lives in fear of everything but Almighty God. Take this time to remember the strength of our Nation in the face of our enemies on June 6th 1944. Take the time to read this prayer and understand where that strength came from. Take the time to wonder if God will again bless us with Victory when our leaders fail to recognize his strength to guide us through the valley of the shadow of Death…

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt – June 6, 1944

RD Walker adds: Read the comments of Ronald Reagan at Pointe du Hoc on the 40th anniversary of the invasion here.

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3 Responses to Remembering when Democrats prayed for Victory

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    The invasion on the beaches of Normandy was indeed huge and affected all of America. Then, lest we forget, a mere nine days later US Marines and soldiers stormed ashore on the island of Saipan in the Pacific in what was the largest invasion to date in that theater. Out of the 71,000 who landed, 2,949 were killed and 10,364 were wounded.

    In a period of less than two weeks in 1944, the largest and second largest invasions in American history occurred on opposite sides of the globe. America’s population was half what it is today. Can you imagine something similar happening today? It is difficult.

  2. Publicus says:

    June 6, 1944. -NORMANDY- Three hundred French civilians were killed and thousands more wounded today in the first hours of America’s invasion of continental Europe. Casualties were heaviest among women and children.

    Most of the French casualties were the result of the artillery fire from American ships attempting to knock out German fortifications prior to the landing of hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops. Reports from a makeshift hospital in the French town of St. Mere Eglise said the carnage was far worse than the French had anticipated and reaction against the American invasion was running high. “We are dying for no reason,” said a Frenchman speaking on condition of anonymity. “Americans can’t even shoot straight. I never thought I’d say this, but life was better under Adolph Hitler.”

    The invasion also caused severe environmental damage. American troops, tanks, trucks and machinery destroyed miles of pristine shoreline and thousands of acres of ecologically sensitive wetlands. It was believed that the habitat of the spineless French crab was completely wiped out, threatening the species with extinction.

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