WASHINGTON, DC – June 6 – the 75th Anniversary of D-Day – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) led a reading of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer at the Circle of Remembrance near the World War II Memorial and previewed the placement of a temporary plaque inscribed with the words of the prayer that will be placed at the site.
"D-Day was a day of monumental loss and monumental triumph," said Portman. "The fate of the free world rested on the shoulders of the brave young men charging onto the beaches of Normandy, and President Roosevelt’s prayer that day helped to comfort the nation in a time of great uncertainty. I’m glad that his words will soon take their proper place in our memorial to the war that changed the course of history."
NOTE: The World War II Memorial Prayer Act, authored by Senator Portman and Representative Bill Johnson and signed into law in 2014, directs the Secretary of the Interior to install a plaque near the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. inscribed with the words of the D-Day Prayer. The location of the D-Day Prayer plaque has been determined to be at the Circle of Remembrance, just north of the World War II Memorial. The legislation requires that the plaque comply with the Commemorative Works Act and prohibits the use of federal funding. A temporary plaque has been donated to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial to honor our World War II veterans and their families during the 75th anniversary, to be installed in the coming months. A preview of the temporary plaque was featured at today’s event. The text of the prayer can be found here.