Bill Johnson Statement on the 68th D-Day Anniversary
Jun 6, 2012 -
“Sixty-eight years ago today – June 6, 1944 - the course of history was changed forever by the tens of thousands of brave Americans who landed on the beaches of Normandy in France to free the world from Hitler’s tyranny. Thousands of these brave soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice that day in the quest to advance the American cornerstones of freedom and liberty.
“This is why I have authored legislation called the World War II Memorial Prayer Act (H.R. 2070). This legislation, along with Senator Rob Portman’s companion bill in the Senate (S. 3078), directs the Secretary of the Interior to install a plaque or inscription on the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. with the words President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the nation on the morning of D-Day. In that prayer, the President said:
‘O Lord, give us faith. Give us faith in Thee; faith in our sons; faith in each other; faith in our united crusade.’
“These words gave comfort and solace to a nation at war and our brave warriors fighting that war, which is why the entire prayer needs to be placed at the World War II Memorial. This is a proper and fitting tribute to those who so bravely served America.
“Day in and day out, the United States Armed Forces fight to protect America domestically and abroad. As a 26-year veteran of the United States Air Force, I will continue to work hard to make sure our veterans are cared for as they come home. It’s the least we can do as a nation for those who have so bravely served America, and for their families who sacrifice so very much."