Myth Blaster: Words Left Out of FDR Speech on WW2 Memorial


National Park Service photo
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:
PEARL HARBOR
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.
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.
A full transcript of the speech is available at Snopes, as well as the verdict of false; and at Urban Legends.
Here is a photo of the actual plaque and the words:

World War II Memorial Plaque, Snopes photo
World War II Memorial Plaque, Snopes photo

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