- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 5, 2012

On D-Day in 1944, when American troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Roosevelt called on “Almighty God” for strength and perseverance as our troops attempted to rid the world of Nazi tyranny.

Roosevelt understood that the enormous task before our armed forces would require courage, determination and faith. It is that faith and the belief that good will ultimately triumph over evil that has sustained our nation in times of peril.

The World War II Memorial in Washington honors our brave servicemen who gave so much for our freedom. Unfortunately, the memorial does nothing to acknowledge our reliance on God during that turbulent time.

In an age of political correctness, there may be those who think places acknowledging the Creator should be limited to churches and synagogues. But we should consider those who actually stood in harm’s way, the men who actually endured the horrors of that war, and ask them. Let’s see if, during their time of sacrifice, they acknowledged God’s hand. I bet most of them say yes.

Just as we remember what occurred at the turning point of the Civil War with President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, it is fitting that President Roosevelt’s prayer offered on D-Day be recorded at the World War II Memorial.

ED J. MULVANEY JR.

Anniston, Ala.