President Opposes Addition of FDR’s D-Day Prayer on WWII Memorial

By:  Dave Bohon
11/09/2011
       
President Opposes Addition of FDR’s D-Day Prayer on WWII Memorial

The Obama Administration, through the testimony of a Department of the Interior official, has expressed its opposition to legislation that would add the prayer offered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the onset of the 1944 D-Day invasion to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

During House hearings on the World War II Memorial Prayer Act, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Robert Abbey, director of the Bureau of Land Management, testified that the memorial should not be altered, arguing that the addition of the prayer through a plaque or inscription would “dilute” the memorial’s message.

“It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration,” explained Abbey, “simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial’s central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors.” He said that the Interior Department “strongly believes that the World War II Memorial, as designed, accomplishes its legislated purpose to honor the members of the Armed Forces who served in World War II and to commemorate the participation of the United States in that conflict.” Abbey argued that federal law actually prohibits such additions, noting that the “Commemorative Works Act specifically states that a new commemorative work shall be located so that it does not encroach upon an existing one.”

The Obama Administration, through the testimony of a Department of the Interior official, has expressed its opposition to legislation that would add the prayer offered by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the onset of the 1944 D-Day invasion to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

During House hearings on the World War II Memorial Prayer Act, introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio, photo), Robert Abbey, director of the Bureau of Land Management, testified that the memorial should not be altered, arguing that the addition of the prayer through a plaque or inscription would “dilute” the memorial’s message.

“It is not a judgment as to the merit of this new commemoration,” explained Abbey, “simply that altering the Memorial in this way, as proposed in HR 2070, will necessarily dilute this elegant memorial’s central message and its ability to clearly convey that message to move, educate, and inspire its many visitors.” He said that the Interior Department “strongly believes that the World War II Memorial, as designed, accomplishes its legislated purpose to honor the members of the Armed Forces who served in World War II and to commemorate the participation of the United States in that conflict.” Abbey argued that federal law actually prohibits such additions, noting that the “Commemorative Works Act specifically states that a new commemorative work shall be located so that it does not encroach upon an existing one.”

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