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A New Beginning, 65 Years Later

65 years ago tomorrow, 156,000 Allied troops began the liberation of Europe at Normandy. By the end of the day, approximately 10,000 of them would be missing, captured, or killed. On the evening of the Normandy landings, FDR read the following prayer to the nation:

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. 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.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest — until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

And for us at home — fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers of brave men overseas, whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them — help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this hour of great sacrifice.

Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips, invoking Thy help to our efforts.

Give us strength, too — strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces.

And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.

And, O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade. Let not the keeness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment — let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.

With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogances. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace — a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.

Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.

I think it’s interesting that we’ve become so politicized today that we worry more about what we look like on TV and to the world than we do protecting our way of life. When the country was attacked in 1941, politics stopped mattering for a bit, and the country turned its full attention to war. We fought overseas, and those who didn’t fight with weapons fought to make them for our troops. Food and fuel were rationed. Everyone bore the cost of war.

Today? Not hardly; the one percent of the nation that’s in uniform-and their families-are the only ones who recognize the true cost of war and what it takes to win one. Most of the country would rather apologize for protecting our interests, like doing so makes us terribly evil.

Since the President’s asking us for a new beginning, here’s my suggestion for one:

Let’s all come to the conclusion that there are people in the world who pray for our destruction daily. They’re of different nationalities and religious backgrounds, just as we are here in America. That doesn’t make their countries or choice of religion any more evil than ours; it makes their interpretation of their religion evil. We don’t wage this war-because that’s what it is, regardles of what people want to call it-for oil, land, or material wealth; we fight to preserve, protect, and defend our country and our way of life.

Let’s all also share in the sacrifices of our military. Donate money to a veterans support organization. Ask your child to give some of their favorite toys/books to the child of a deployed service member. Find a homeless veteran and take him in for an evening.

And pray that God gives our leaders not only the strength to fight this war…but to win it as well.




Written by Coby Dillard

June 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

Posted in Editorials

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