February 20, 2023
5 min read
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer and Broadcast to the Nation rallied the American people during World War II. Many claim that the broadcast was an example of what true leadership is. Below is the historic “FDR D-Day Prayer/Broadcast to Nation” Speech Summary, Text, & Analysis.
We ran FDR’s speech through Yoodli, the free AI powered speech coaching platform. You can get started at www.yoodli.ai and view results for FDR here. Here’s a summary of his speech:
The Yoodli AI-powered speech coach provides this “FDR D-Day Prayer/Broadcast to Nation” speech text:
"My fellow Americans last night when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far. And so in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer. Almighty God. Our sons pride of our nation this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and cruel, give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need that blessings. Their role will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong, he may hold back. Our forces success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again. And we know that by thy grace and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will. They will be so tried by night and by day without rest until the victory is won.
The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war. For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise and tolerance and goodwill among all thy people. They yearn, but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home, some will never return.
Embrace these father and receive them, the heroic servants into the kingdom and for us at home. Fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters and brothers of brave men overseas whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them help us almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in the in this hour of great sacrifice. Many people have urged that I call the nation into a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer as we rise to each new day.
And again, when each day is spent, led words of prayer beyond our lips, invoking thy help to our efforts. Give us strength to strengthen our daily tasks, to redouble the contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed forces. And let our hearts be stout to wait out the long travel to bear sorrows that may come to impart our courage unto our sons, whatsoever they may be. And oh Lord, give us faith.
Give us faith in the faith in our sons. Faith in each other. Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but fleeting moment. Let not these deter us in our uncurable purpose. Without blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogance. Lead us to the saving of our country and with our sister nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace.
A peace invulnerable to the scheming of unworthy man. And a peace that will let all men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of their honest toil. Thy will be done almighty God. Amen."
As a prayer and broadcast, FDR’s D-Day speech had a solemn and reverent speaking style. We ran this speech through Yoodli’s AI-powered speech coach, and got back an analysis on various aspects of word choice and delivery. You can view the full results here.
FDR’s D-Day prayer had simple, powerful, and evocative language. Yoodli’s analysis reflects this, showing very few filler words and very few weak words (just 1%). It also highlights his top key words as faith. This is fitting given the religious aspect of the prayer.
In the Delivery category, Yoodli provides scores on Centering, Pacing, Pauses, and Eye Contact. The highlight metric to look at here is pace. FDR spoke in very relaxed manner, at about 92 words per minute. This is expected, as a prayer is generally a slow and patient speech.
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