WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate is marking this 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion with a recitation of the prayer for allied forces that President Franklin Roosevelt read that day in a national radio broadcast.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman will recite FDR's prayer on the floor of the Senate.
As American and allied troops invaded Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944, Roosevelt asked the nation to join him in prayer. He asked "Almighty God" to give our troops courage and faith. "With thy blessing," he said, "we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy."
Portman is sponsoring legislation that would add a plaque or inscription of FDR's prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington. Lieberman, who's Jewish, is a co-sponsor.
A companion bill that passed the House calls for the plaque or inscription to be paid for with private donations.
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