Religion: Except the Lord Keep the City

The new year of 1942 calls for the courage and the resolution of old and young to help win a world struggle in order that we may preserve all we hold dear.

We are confident in our devotion to our country, in our love of freedom, in our inheritance of courage. But our strength, as the strength of all men. everywhere, is of greater avail as God upholds us.

Therefore I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do hereby appoint the first day of the year 1942 as a day of prayer, of asking forgiveness for our shortcomings of...

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