Important Update on the D-Day Prayer Project. Construction delayed; dedication rescheduled for late summer/early fall.

The Effort to Add FDR’s Historical Presidential Prayer at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Legislative History of the D-Day Prayer Project

This legislative initiative first started in early 2011, when OCA President Chris Long approached newly elected Congressman from Ohio’s 6th District, Lt. Colonel Bill Johnson (Air Force, Ret.), to add FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer in its entirety at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Congressman Johnson happily agreed. Soon afterward, Ohio Christian Alliance was approached by Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman offering to be the Senate sponsor of the legislation. In a rare bi-partisan moment in the U.S. Congress, and on the eve of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, the U.S. Senate granted unanimous consent for S 1044, The WWII Memorial Prayer Act. Two weeks later, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the measure and sent it on to President Obama, who signed the bill on June 30, 2014.

Funding Phase

Since that time, the Ohio Christian Alliance has been working with the Friends of the WWII Memorial and the U.S. Parks Service for site selection and design approval, and with the Friends of the WWII Memorial for the project fundraising effort. The legislation stipulates that it shall not be paid for by tax dollars, but rather with private donations. Many people are not aware that most of the monuments in Washington were paid for by private donations through the years. Donations from across the country have been collected toward the placement of the prayer, and OCA/CAA presented a $20,000 check to the Friends of the WWII Memorial on the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. On that occasion, a temporary prayer plaque was dedicated to be on display at the Circle of Remembrance. The temporary prayer plaque served as a promissory note, a holding until the remaining funds would be collected for the addition of the full prayer at the upgraded Circle of Remembrance.

Although much appreciated small donations continued to come in from across the country, we were still a long way away from securing the needed funds. Believing that “through faith and patience we inherit the promise” (Hebrews 6:12), OCA President Chris Long called for prayer, assured that God was somehow going to provide all the resources needed to add the prayer to the WWII Memorial. Then, with time running out, the Lilly Endowment stepped forward with a $2 million grant.

Construction and Dedication Phase

Final plans have been approved by the Commission on Fine Arts, and construction should begin in late spring/early summer of 2022, with a dedication date to be announced. The dedication ceremony of the D-Day Prayer at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be a time to honor all our veterans and give glory to God. The Christian Alliance of America is planning educational tours at the National and War Monuments, with the D-Day Prayer featured, led by historians Bill Federer, David Barton and other special guests. Due to inflationary costs, the price of materials has increased, i.e. the granite and other materials. We are currently collecting additional funds to meet the goal. Your contribution of any amount will be greatly appreciated.

OCA President Chris Long was on Pray in Jesus Name PIJN TV program with Rev. Gordon James Klingenschmitt to discuss the D-Day Prayer project update. Click on the image to view the broadcast.