On this Veterans Day, the gift of prayer to our veterans as a lasting tribute to their sacrifice and service.
The Mall in Washington contains monument displays as enduring tributes to our war veterans and those who served us in time of peace, helping to keep America safe and free. As you walk around Washington D.C., you see many statutes representing our Civil War veterans who helped to save the Union.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, known as “The Wall,” is a solemn reminder of those who served and died in the Vietnam War. The Korean War Memorial on the opposite end of The Mall is a tribute to those veterans who served us in what is known as “The Forgotten War.” And then, there is the WWII Memorial that stands between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, honoring the 16 million Americans that served us in WWII. With its Pacific and Atlantic arches, and pillars that honor each of the states and U.S. Territories from which the veterans served, it stands as a fitting tribute to that Great Generation of Americans who answered the call to fight against tyranny in Europe and in the Pacific.
The WWII Memorial that was dedicated in 2004 did not have a prayer, a scripture verse, or a reference to God anywhere on it. In 2011, the Ohio Christian Alliance encouraged members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to introduce legislation to add FDR’s D-Day Landing Prayer in its entirety at the WWII Memorial. S 1044, sponsored by U.S. Senator Rob Portman, passed by unanimous consent in the U.S. Senate on the eve of the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. On June 30, 2014, President Obama signed the bill into law. The legislation stipulated that the Prayer’s addition would not be paid for by tax dollars, but by private donations.
Over the past six years since the bill’s signing, the Ohio Christian Alliance with the Friends of the WWII Memorial has been working on raising the funding for the Prayer’s addition. Small donations came in from across the country from veterans and family members of veterans for the prayer’s inclusion at the WWII Memorial. The overall project is between $2 million and $3 million, and now we can report that a major grant has been provided for the Prayer’s inclusion. What remains is the final design and construction, with a dedication date of June 2022. So, on this Veterans Day, we at the Ohio Christian Alliance and the Christian Alliance of America are pleased to say thank you to all of our veterans. Now by God’s grace, we are able to fulfill the promise we made. This wonderful historic Presidential Prayer that FDR prayed with the nation on the evening of the D-Day Landings will now be a permanent addition at the WWII Memorial as a lasting tribute to these veterans for their sacrifice and service for the cause of liberty.