- National Park Service photo
Diane S., Wisconsin requested Myth Blaster to check on an email circulating around that the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC has an inscription of FDR’s Day of Infamy speech with the word “God” left out because the original contained it.
The email states that the inscription reads:
The email claims the speech ended with the words “so help us God” and that the politically correct police, like the ACLU, caused the words to be left out.
Myth Blaster Verdict = False.
The phrase that ends in FDR’s speech is part of another paragraph, not the one used on the inscribed plaque –
With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.
Although the speech did contain the words “so help us God”, it did not end with those words.
Here is a photo of the actual plaque and the words:
- World War II Memorial Plaque, Snopes photo