CreepingDeath
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SHALL WE HIRE A MONUMENT ENGRAVER TO GO TO ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERYAND ADD THE MISSING WORDS ?

   A MESSAGE FROM AN APPALLED OBSERVER:

Today I went to visit the new World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. I got an unexpected history lesson.  Because 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 Eisenhower 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 elderly 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 turned angry.  "Wait a minute," she said, "they left out the end of the quote.  They left out the most important part.  Roosevelt ended the message with "so help us God.'"

Her husband said, "You are probably right.  We're not supposed to say things like that now."

"I know I'm right," she insisted.  "I remember the speech." The two looked dismayed, shook their heads sadly and walked away.

Listening to their conversation, I thought to myself, "Well, it has been over 50 years.  She's probably forgotten."

But she had not forgotten.  She was right.

I went home and pulled out the book my book club is reading --- "Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley.  It's all about the battle at Iwo Jima.  I haven't gotten too far in the book.  It's tough to read because it's a graphic description of the WWII battles in the Pacific.

But right there it was on page 58.  Roosevelt's speech to the nation ends in "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 hearts.

Now I ask: "WHO GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE WORDS OF 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...and He always will be!

If you agree, pass this on.  If not, MAY GOD BLESS YOU
S4INT05
Member
+1|6718|79605, TX
i'm not a religious person at all, but the whole taking God out of our country is absurd. no more 10 commandments outside courthouses, "in god we trust" is about to dissappear off of our currency and federal buildings...it's getting out of hand. have we americans forgot what our country is based on?

kind of relating to this topic, read my post: the war on christmas http://forums.bf2s.com/viewtopic.php?id=6987
Leonnoe1
Member
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have we americans forgot what our country is based on?
Religious freedom? One that may or may not have God as the top figure?

I still have to agree it's a bit nuts, especially when it's in the context of a speech, one with such an important past.
S4INT05
Member
+1|6718|79605, TX
yea that is true, but it's a part of the speech that was an important  part of our history that has been omitted that bothers me. we do value religious freedom, but sometimes that is a battle on its own that gets out of hand. i've been to alrington nat'l cemetary, and on each individual headstone there is a symbol of what religion that person belonged to.
Krappyappy
'twice cooked beef!'
+111|6808

keep your god out of my monument!

just kidding. or maybe i'm not.
pacman VKC
Member
+0|6705
hmm maybe they "FORGOT" conviently, or they watched too many coca cola adverts.
AFlyingNun
Member
+0|6708
It's not really so much an issue of being offending. I mean, I'm agnostic, and I find it kind of sad that the country so openly favors one religion. But do I care that my currency contains a phrase that mentions a higher power I'm not sure that exists? Hell no, as long as it's still worth 25 cents.

And as for the quote, it's HIS words and it adds an emphasis to the phrase. Seriously, why the hell would you take that out?

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