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> > Today I went to visit the new World War II Memorial in Washington, 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 is 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
> >
> >
> >
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