Today marks the 69th anniversary of D-Day, an unforgettable event in world history, when America's brave young men joined with our allies to storm the shores of Normandy to liberate Europe. Thousands of our soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice that momentous day, for a cause that was just -- saving the world from Hitler's oppressive tyranny. These heroes, both those who came home, and those who did not, truly represent the Greatest Generation. Today, we honor their service and sacrifice to the United States, and to all mankind.
I have reintroduced the World War II Memorial Prayer Act to pay tribute to their bravery and valor. Specifically, this legislation would direct the Secretary of the Interior to install a plaque or inscription on the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. with the inspiring words President Franklin Roosevelt prayed with our nation on the morning of June 6, 1944. His prayer, read in part:
"With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace, a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men. And, a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil.
Thy will be done, Almighty God."
This is a fitting tribute to those who served America, and the rest of the world, on that historic day and throughout the entire conflict. Likewise, it will ensure their sacrifice is never forgotten.