Fwd: The Omission from the new WWII Memorial

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Mon Jul 25 17:48:31 MDT 2005

On Sun Jul 24 23:25:09 PDT 2005, "Lawrence L. Andrew" 
<andrew at Logonix.net> wrote:

> The Omission From the New W.W.II Memorial Today I went to visit 
> the new World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.  I got an 
> unexpected history lesson. Since I'm a baby boomer, I was one of 
> the youngest in the crowd.  Most were the age of my parents, 
> veterans of "the greatest war" with their families.  It was a 
> beautiful day, and people were smiling and happy to be there.  
> Hundreds of us milled around the memorial, reading the inspiring 
> words of Ike and Truman that are engraved there. On the Pacific 
> side of the memorial, a group of us gathered to read the words 
> President Roosevelt used to announce the attack on Pearl Harbor:  
> "Yesterday, December 7, 1941-- a date which will live in 
> infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and 
> deliberately attacked." One woman read the words aloud: "With 
> confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination 
> of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph." But as she 
> read, she was suddenly angry.  "Wait a minute," she said. "They 
> left out the end of the quote.  They left out the most important 
> part. Roosevelt said: "so help us God." "You're probably right," 
> her husband said.  "We're not supposed to say things like that 
> now." "I know I'm right," she insisted.  "I remember the speech" 
> The two shook their heads sadly and walked away.  Listening to 
> their conversation, I thought to myself, "Well, it has been 50 
> years.  She's probably forgotten." But she was right. I went home 
> and pulled out the book my book club is reading.  It's "Flags of 
> Our Fathers" by James Bradley. It's all about Iwo Jima.  I 
> haven't gotten too far in the book.  It's tough to read because 
> it's a graphic description of the battles in the Pacific. But 
> right there it was on page 58.  Roosevelt's speech to the nation 
> It ends "so help us God." The people who edited out that part of 
> the speech when they engraved it on the memorial could have 
> fooled me.  I was born after the war. But they couldn't fool the 
> people who were there.  Roosevelt's words are engraved on their 
> HISTORY????????? Send this around to your friends.  People need 
> to know before everyone forgets. People today are trying to 
> change the history of America by leaving God out of it, but the 
> truth is, God has been a part of this nation, since the 
> beginning.  He still wants to be...

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