- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 5, 2016

Monday is the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, marking the hours when 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy. The cost: 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded that day. Four U.S. soldiers earned the Medal of Honor. As the herculean effort began, President Franklin D. Roosevelt went on national radio and offered a prayer for America. It lasted over six minutes,

“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need Thy blessings,” Roosevelt said. “Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that, by thy grace and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.”

See the complete text of the prayer and hear the president say it here

On Monday morning, World War II and D-Day veterans placed wreaths at the Atlantic Arch of the National World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital - as did European Union Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan and Josiah Bunting III, chairman of the Friends of the National World War II Memorial, the nonprofit that organized the event.

There is a back story, though. The group is also trying to raise funds to recognize and include the Roosevelt prayer at the site. The Friends organization hopes to include the prayer somewhere in “the circle of remembrance,” a quiet spot at the northwest corner of the memorial. It’s complicated.

Two years ago, President Obama signed into law the World War II Memorial Prayer Act, sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican, directing the secretary of the Interior Department to install “a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the United States on D-Day, June 6, 1944.”

Though the law stipulates that no federal funds be used to implement this directive, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups were not happy, calling the idea “inappropriate.” Meanwhile, the heavy responsibility to raise money for the prayer project has fallen to the Friends. This is a monument that draws 5 million visitors a year and contributes $133 million in revenue to the region’s economy, according to a recent analysis by the National Park Service, caretaker of the memorial.

Find the Friends organization here

‘SHE’S WITH US’

The California primary is just a day away. That’s a signal to party, perhaps. And make a little money.

There will be a star-studded “She’s With Us Concert” in Los Angeles on Monday to benefit Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Staged at the historic 5,900-seat Greek Theater in Griffiths Park, the event will feature Mrs. Clinton, of course, joined by Christina Aguilera, Andra Day, John Legend, Ricky Martin and Stevie Wonder. Tickets are priced from $45 to $5,000, and all tickets up to $1,000 are already sold out.

It is a busy time for the candidate: Mrs. Clinton will be arriving from three daytime campaign events; she departs for New York on Tuesday and plans a massive election night watch party in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders staged a big concert at Los Angeles’ Memorial Coliseum Olympic Plaza on Saturday featuring multiple musical acts and appearances by actors Dick Van Dyke and Susan Sarandon. His event, by the way, was free.

NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT

“When people see the American flag being burned, they don’t side with the people burning the American flag. This is the hard Left saying, ‘If you don’t do what we want, we’re going to be physically violent and we’re going to pick on some woman who can’t defend herself.’ I don’t think that is sustainable, and I think the American people will be repulsed by the idea that the hard Left wants to dictate to the rest of us.”

— Possible, potential vice presidential nominee Newt Gingrich, to “Fox News Sunday.”

MR. BOLTON STANDS FAST

Former U.S. U.N. Ambassador John Bolton continues his unwavering support for what he calls “national security” candidates — conservative Republican military veterans running for federal office who favor a strong global U.S. posture. The John Bolton PAC has contributed $342,000 and endorsed 47 of these candidates so far this year, with five more just added to the roster. All are running for election or re-election to the House of Representatives, and all are combat veterans: Reps. Steve Knight of California and Ryan Zinke of Montana; Indiana State Sen. Jim Banks, plus candidates Don Bacon of Nebraska and Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin. Each also received $5,000 for their campaigns.

“It is an effort to ensure America elects officials who will vote for a strong national defense. These candidates are uniquely qualified to deal with international issues in a world that is growing increasingly dangerous for America. It is imperative that we elect them to Congress,” says Mr. Bolton.

“We share a vision of American leadership that is driven by the principle of peace through strength, and taking care of our troops,” noted Mr. Zinke, who served as a U.S. Navy SEAL from 1986 to 2008 and whose campaign motto is, “Nobody leads like a SEAL.”

POLL DU JOUR

69 percent of Americans say they fly “only occasionally”; 73 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats agree.

23 percent overall say they have “never flown”; 17 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of independents and 24 percent of Democrats agree.

8 percent overall say they are “frequent air travelers”; 10 percent of Republicans, 7 percent of independents and 8 percent of Democrats agree.

41 percent overall say the Transportation Security Administration does a good job; 40 percent of Republicans, 34 percent of independents and 51 percent of Democrats agree.

39 percent say the TSA does a bad job; 47 percent of Republicans, 43 percent of independents and 29 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted May 14-16.

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