Eisenhower: Back to God

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John E. Duffy presides.

Rabbi David Lefkowitz, Jr. delivers the invocation.

Vice President Richard Nixon speaks of America being a great spiritual force for good in the world.

Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale reads "The Building of the Ship" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

American Legion National Commander Lewis K. Gough addresses the audience and describes The Back to God program, sponsored by the American Legion, is a "crusade" to being the American people back to god, making America a great moral and spiritual force in the world.

Prescribes three points of emphasis for all Americans:
1) Regular church or synagogue attendance
2) Daily family prayer
3) Religious training for children.

The event also marks the anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester, and the sacrifice of the Four Chaplains.

A pre-recorded address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on the "Back to God" theme is played.

Thomas E. Paradine, National Security Council speaks.

Chaplain John B. Williams pronounces the benediction. Followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68860
Municipal archives id: LT183