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Roosevelt, Franklin D
Lithographic broadside, "D-Day Prayer."
Washington, D.C: , Christmas, 1944. Washington, D.C, Christmas, 1944. Limited edition of this rare broadside of the "D-Day Prayer," one of only 50 printed copies issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his close friends, handsomely printed in gothic type with red, blue and gold ink textual embellishments. The broadside measures 14 inches by 21 inches, printed in black gothic type, capital letters and portions of the heading in red and blue ink. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20.5 inches by 28 inches. A rare and desirable piece of history. On June 6th, 1944, while American and Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, Roosevelt released the text of a prayer in the afternoon which he then delivered by radio to the nation at 10:00 p.m., Eastern time. It is estimated, according to Andrew Malcolm, that as many as 100 million people listened to it. "The prayer does not invoke one faith, but the appeal to God is bold and unapologetic. The D-Day Prayer was an extraordinary event in U.S. religious history" (Malcolm). The D-Day Prayer reads, in full: "Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far. And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer: 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 st … [Click Below for Full Description]
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