On June 6, 1944 the Americans and their Allies, the British and Canadians, launched the largest amphibious invasion in history to begin the liberation of France. There was an estimated 10,000 combined casualties of which at least 3,000 were killed. These are the opening lines of a prayer given by Franklin Roosevelt to the nation, by radio, as the invasion began.
My fellow Americans: Last night when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. it has come to pass with success thus far. And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer: Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation , this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.