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Dwight D Eisenhower First Inaugural Address

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 Dwight D Eisenhower First Inaugural Address

January 20, 1953




Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the executive branch of government join me in beseeching that Thou wilt make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere.


Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land.  Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race, or calling.


May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen.


...The peace we seek, then is nothing less than the practice and  fulfillment of our whole faith among ourselves and in our dealings with others.  This signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war. More than escape from death, it is a way of life.  More than a haven for the weary, it is a hope for the brave.


This is the hope that beckons us onward to this century of trial.  This is the work that awaits us all, to be done with bravery, with chairty, and with prayer to Almighty God.

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