BENCHES

They fight not for the lust of conquest; they fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. Franklin D. Roosevelt – June 6, 1944 – Prayer on D-Day. See Full Text of Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer

At 9:57 p.m. on D-Day, June 6, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, seated in front of a microphone in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House, began a historic radio address to the people of America.

Roosevelt's address took the form of a prayer that he had composed during the weekend before the invasion. His daughter, Anna, and her husband, John Boettiger, assisted with the text. The address was released in advance so Americans could recite it with him. Roosevelt's "D-Day Prayer" struck a very powerful chord with the nation.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, issued the order of the day to Allied forces on the eve of D-Day, June 6, 1944, the first day of the invasion of Normandy.

The message was intended to impress upon the troops the importance of their mission, which Eisenhower called a "Great Crusade". Eisenhower had been drafting the order since February and recorded a spoken version on May 28 that was broadcast on British and American radio on D-Day.

The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. Dwight D. Eisenhower – June 5, 1944 – Order of the Day. See Full Text of Eisenhower's Order of the Day

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