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The Freedoms Foundation was established after World War II to help Americans remember that faith in God and civil liberty are intimately connected in the American story. The stone tablets here emphasize the American heritage of “A fundamental belief in God.”
General Eisenhower, later to become President Eisenhower, helped to establish the Freedoms Foundation emphasizing his belief in the foundational importance of Faith in God, as Americans confronted the atheistic ideology of communism. In 1954, he signed into law the insertion of the words “under God” into the pledge of allegiance.
The importance of trust in God is dramatically portrayed by a large bronze statue of Washington kneeling in prayer. Washington’s most famous prayer for the nation is found in his farewell letter to the thirteen governors as he leaves his command as general. His prayer concludes with these words based on Micah 6:8: “I now make it my earnest prayer… that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”
We would do well to follow Washington’s example of prayer for our nation. As 2 Chronicles 7:14 promises, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (NIV).