Remembering Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Observance Washington, D.C.
Pearl Harbor and WWII veterans came to Capitol Hill for Congressional Prayer Breakfast at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center with Ohio Congressman Marcy Kaptur and Friends of the WWII Memorial. Congresswoman Kaptur from Ohio's 9th District recounted the story of when a WWII veteran approached her, asking her where was the monument memorial for those who served in WWII. She remembers awkardly responding and offering several locations, each of which were inaccurate. He responding by saying, "There isn't any such memorial." That launched the effort for the WWII Memorial. It evenually passed Congress and was dedicated in 2004. On this 75th anniversary observance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, some of the remaining survivors were on hand to recount their stories of that fateful day and to share their thoughts of what we need to take from that day, ever-watchful vigilance. In their words, America was not prepared for war, and that cost many lives. These men and women are living monuments themselves that won't be with us much longer. OCA President Chris Long was on hand with his son Jonathan, an Iraq War Veteran, to thank these veterans for their service.
The observance was held at 1:00 p.m. Washington time, the time at which the attacks began in Hawaii 75 years ago. FDR's grandson was on hand to read the proclamation of war. Senator John McCain from the State of Arizona was the keynote speaker. The U.S.S. Arizona was destroyed in the battle, never to recover, and to become a permanent crypt for the some 1200 men who perished on her that day. Senator McCain's father was an Admiral in WWII, as was his grandfather. Both served extensively in the Pacific Theater of the war. His grandfather, exhausted from the war, died on the day he returned home at the close of the war. This observance was a fitting tribute to the Pearl Harbors survivors and WWII vets who served us honorably and are worhy of our respect and appreciation. Congress passed S 1044, The WWII Memorial Prayer Act, that will add FDR's D-Day Landing Prayer as a permanent tribute to those who fought and those who died, paying the ultimate sacrifice in WWII. The addition of this 500-word prayer will be a permanent tribute to their service and sacrifice.
Here is an update and how you can be part of history in adding this prayer. It will not be paid for by tax dollars, but by contributions from freedom loving Americans like you and me. Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution to the WWII MEMORIAL PRAYER PROJECT.
This design layout depicts the draft design of the prayer's placement as approved by the Fine Arts Commission.
On November 17th, we were in attendance at a hearing held by the Commission on Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. concerning the architectural design and placement of FDR's D-Day Prayer at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Site selection was approved last year in October for the area just outside the Atlantic Arch in an area designated as "Circle of Remembrance." Originally part of the WWII Memorial Monument and grounds, the site is currently rustic and undeveloped.
The architectural design calls for granite flooring and benches to be constructed to complete the development of the Circle of Remembrance in conjunction with the WWII Memorial. FDR's prayer will be included as part of the Circle of Remembrance enhancement. The prayer will be placed on a granite tabletop on four bronze plaques, with the entire text of the prayer included. The 545-word prayer will be a permanent addition to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The prayer's placement will not be paid for by tax dollars, but by citizen contributors like you and me. The projected cost of the project is $600,000. Contributions earmarked for this project can be made to the Ohio Christian Alliance Ed Fund for a tax deductible donation. By making your contribution today, you will be helping to make history. Proceeds earmarked for the D-Day Prayer go for the construction of the project. We are hoping that construction begins in April of 2017 with a dedication date in the fall of 2017. We rejoice in the great accomplishment that God has granted us in adding the D-Day Landing Prayer as a permanent addition to the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Your financial support is needed to continue our work in Columbus at the Statehouse and in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the OCA Ed Fund are tax-deductible. Contributions to Ohio Christian Alliance are not tax deductible due to lobbying efforts. Thank you for your ongoing support.
President, Ohio Christian Alliance
Ron Koehler, Esq., Secretary
Mike Radebaugh, Treasurer