JOHN THURSTON wrote:Altough my recollection of the speech is flawed, the words "so help us God" were uttered prior to the end of the speech when a formal state of War was asked to be recognized by Congress.
Yes, but to state the record clearly for the casual reader of this thread who may not wish to follow the links, etc., this is not the portion of the speech which is quoted on the monument. The confusion arises easily in the memory because the speech contains two statements with essentially the same meaning. In the middle:
"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."
And near the end:
"With confidence in our armed forces -- with unbounding determination of our people -- we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God."
The statement quoted on the monument is the former, not the latter:
"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. "