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Our primary aim in religion is to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians, principally by supporting efforts that enhance the vitality of congregations. We seek to ensure that congregations have a steady stream of wise, faithful and well-prepared leaders. We also support efforts that help Christians draw on the wisdom of their theological traditions as they strive to understand and respond to contemporary challenges and live their faith more fully. In addition, we work to foster public understanding about religion and help lift up in fair and accurate ways the contributions that people of diverse religious faiths make to our greater civic well-being.

With support from a $2 million Lilly Endowment grant, Friends of the National World War II Memorial will add FDR’s D-Day prayer to the memorial in Washington, D.C. Dedication is anticipated to occur on June 6, 2022 - the 78th anniversary of D-Day.
President Roosevelt’s address, as much a speech as a prayer, will be etched on a large bronze plaque supported by two granite pillars in the memorial’s Circle of Remembrance, an area that will provide a quiet place for people to remember and reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who served to protect our freedoms.
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