|Topic||Removal of "So Help Us God" from WWII Memorial Quote|
This email (or something quite similar) has found its way into the InBox of several members. Make sure you read the comments at the bottom
|An interesting story, but is not true.
ignore the opening quote, "SHALL WE HIRE A MONUMENT ENGRAVER TO GO TO ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY AND ADD THE MISSING WORDS?".
time I checked, the WWII Memorial was on the DC Mall between the
Washington and Lincoln Memorials; not at Arlington National Cemetery
which is several miles away, across the Potomac, in Arlington, VA
This email has been circulating on the web since 2004. It is a "rework" of an article (equally incorrect) that was published in the Washington Times on 04-Jun-2004.
The email claims that the words “So help us God” were removed from FDR’s Pearl Harbor, Day of Infamy Speech; in particular from the end of the "righteous might" paragraph. They were not. Those words were included in another paragraph. The words inscribed at the WWII Memorial are from two paragraphs of FDR’s speech:
DECEMBER 7, 1941, A DATE
WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY …
NO MATTER HOW LONG IT
MAY TAKE US TO OVERCOME
THIS PREMEDITATED INVASION,
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, IN
THEIR RIGHTEOUS MIGHT,
WILL WIN THROUGH
TO ABSOLUTE VICTORY.
Three paragraphs later in the actual speech, FDR states,
"With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God."
The entire speech is presented below