Obama signs bill to add prayer to World War II monument; Portman, Johnson sponsored measure
President Barack Obama signed a bill today that will add President Franklin D. Roosevelt's D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial.
The bill, which passed the House last week after already winning Senate passage, would add to the World War II monument a prayer that was broadcast to the country on June 6, 1944, as Allied forces invaded Nazi-occupied France.
The prayer encouraged Americans to "Let not the keenness 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."
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, co-sponsored the bill in the Senate. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, was a sponsor in the House. The bill would require private fundraising to have the prayer inscribed on the monument.