In 1941, America, although striving to be uninvolved, was pulled into another world war. Still recovering from the previous one, the attacks at Pearl Harbor on December 7th ensured America’s involvement in one of the bloodiest wars in history.
In response to the Pearl Harbor attacks, America declared war on Japan, Germany, and Italy. In order to help fund the war effort, the government issued war bonds, and then printed posters to help encourage Americans to purchase the bonds. Interestingly, many posters were overtly Christian in their content (such as the one pictured on the left).
June 6th is a great time to pause and remember those brave men who so valiantly fought for freedom. It was on this date, 69 years ago, that the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in an effort to turn the tide of the war. This strategic landing enabled the Allies to push back the German troops. As the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, Dwight D. Eisenhower told the troops:
The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. (Read his full address, which closes with a prayer.)
The prayers of America for her troops were also evident in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer that he prayed in a national radio address given to the American people as the D-Day invasion was underway. As we remember those brave men who sacrificed so much in World War II, let us also be grateful for the men and women who continue to preserve the freedoms that America holds dear today.
Be sure to tune in to today’s WallBuilders Live radio program to hear the amazing story of a WWII Veteran who was a member of the Band of Brothers. While you are there, check out our Archives to hear more World War II stories from a WWII POW, a WWII Bazooka Operator and many others!