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National Park Service open to adding prayer plaque to WWII Memorial

Thursday - 8/1/2013, 8:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Park Service says if Congress votes to add President Franklin Roosevelt's D-Day prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington, the agency will "work to find an appropriate location for the plaque."

Officials with the Executive Branch agency say concerns that were raised at a Senate hearing Wednesday about the proposed plaque don't mean that the Obama administration opposes its placement.

Stephanie Toothman, associate director of cultural relations for the National Park Service, suggested at the hearing that the bill co-sponsored by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman could lead to a lawsuit over separation of church and state.

But NPS spokesman Jeffrey Olson said Thursday the agency "appreciates the importance of faith in the lives of Americans and the efforts by Senator Portman to honor the words that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prayed with the United States on D-Day."

Supporters hope the plaque can be in place in time for next June's 70th anniversary of the invasion that led to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

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