Sailor kissing nurse on VE Day

Sailor kissing nurse on VJ Day, Aug. 14, 1945

World War II in Europe ended on VE Day (Victory-in-Europe), May 7, 1945.

National Socialist Workers Party emissaries unconditionally surrendered to the Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower at his headquarters in a schoolhouse at Reims, France. Less than four months later, World War II ended in the Pacific. In total, an estimated 75 million people died in the War, including 20 million soldiers and 40 million civilians.

Following World War II, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics emerged as rival superpowers, beginning the Cold War.

Dwight Eisenhower became a presidential candidate in the 1952 election. Addressing the Communist threat, Dwight Eisenhower stated in Virginia’s Religious Herald, January 25, 1952: “What is our battle against Communism if it is not a fight between anti-God and a belief in the Almighty? … Communists … have to eliminate God from their system. When God comes, Communism has to go.”

Born in Denison, Texas, Eisenhower grew up in Abilene, Kansas, where the Eisenhower Museum is located. Laying the cornerstone of the museum, Dwight Eisenhower stated, as recorded in Time magazine, June 5, 1952: “In spite of the … problems we have, I ask you this one question: If each of us in his own mind would dwell more upon those simple virtues – integrity, courage, self-confidence and unshakable belief in his Bible – would not some of these problems tend to simplify themselves? … Free government is the political expression of a deeply felt religious faith.”

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Time magazine published an article titled “Faith of the Candidates,” Sept. 22, 1952, in which Dwight Eisenhower stated: “You can’t explain free government in any other terms than religious. The founding fathers had to refer to the Creator in order to make their revolutionary experiment make sense; it was because ‘all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights’ that men could dare to be free.”

Dwight Eisenhower was quoted in the Time magazine article, “Eisenhower on Communism,” Oct. 13, 1952: “The Bill of Rights contains no grant of privilege for a group of people to destroy the Bill of Rights. A group – like the Communist conspiracy – dedicated to the ultimate destruction of all civil liberties, cannot be allowed to claim civil liberties as its privileged sanctuary from which to carry on subversion of the Government.”

Dwight Eisenhower was elected the 34th president by the largest number of votes in history to that date.

On Feb. 7, 1954, President Eisenhower supported the American Legion “Back-to-God” program, broadcasting from the White House: “As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth – that there are no atheists in the foxholes. They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage. … Whatever our individual church, whatever our personal creed, our common faith in God is a common bond among us.”

In the next year’s “Back-to-God” program, Feb. 20, 1955, President Eisenhower stated: “Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first – the most basic – expression of Americanism.”

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