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Bill Johnson Stands Up For Our World War II Veterans

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Washington, November 3, 2011 | Michael Tadeo (202.225.5705) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement today after testifying in support of H.R. 2070 – the “World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2011.” This legislation sponsored by Bill Johnson directs the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, to install a plaque or inscription at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the Nation on the morning of June 6, 1944 – D-Day. Testifying with Bill Johnson was Mr. George “Poppy” Fowler, an Ohio Native and World War II Veteran who was a rear-gunner on the dive bomber from the carrier Essex.

“It is unconscionable that the Obama Administration would stand in the way of honoring our nation’s distinguished World War II veterans. President Roosevelt’s prayer gave solace, comfort, and strength to our nation and our brave warriors as we fought against tyranny and oppression. These words should be included among the tributes to the Greatest Generation memorialized on the National Mall,” said Bill Johnson.

Bill Johnson added, “Veterans of World War II want this prayer included at the World War II Memorial, including Mr. George “Poppy” Fowler who served as a rear-gunner in the Pacific. He is a true American hero, and he along with all World War II veterans deserve to have those comforting words placed on the Memorial - words that gave them such tremendous strength at a critical time for America. I will continue working to see that it happens."

“I feel, with no doubt, that it would be appropriate that this prayer be inscribed in some manner at the World War II Memorial. This prayer came at a perilous time, yet it was answered in victory at a dear cost of lives. It was only by the Grace of God that I returned to my family,” said Mr. “Poppy” Fowler, a World War II Veteran.

Mr. Fowler added, “Pertinent to any military action, the addition of this prayer to the World War II Memorial may inspire people to look at our great nation and ask what they may do to keep this freedom alive.”

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