A Joint Resolution of the 97th U.S. Congress proclaimed "A Year of the Bible" It was signed by Democrat Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil, Rebublican President of the Senate Strom Thurmond and President Ronald Reagan, who stated OCTOBER 4, 1982: "Now, therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, in recognition of the contributions and influence of the Bible on our Republic and our people, do hereby proclaim 1983 the Year of the Bible in the United States. I encourage all citizens, each in his or her own way, to reexamine and rediscover its priceless and timeless message." Similarly, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, on January 25, 1941, wrote the prologue of a special Gideons' edition of the New Testament & Book of Psalms distributed to millions of World War II soldiers: "As Commander-in-Chief, I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration." FDR continued: "It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul."