“Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13
Our fallen soldiers and heroes have made the ultimate sacrifice. They’ve laid down their lives so that we may enjoy the freedom they fought to secure for us. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers, not just on Memorial Day, but everyday. Pray that they have found eternal rest and peace in the hands of God.
For those who have sacrificed their lives so that we may be free –
We remember you, we honor you, we love you and we humbly thank you for your service. A simple “thank you” is not enough for all that you’ve endured. We pray that you live on through the loving memories shared by your family and loved ones. We pray that the strife, battles and wounds of war be calmed for eternity in God’s loving grace. May you find rest at last and know that those left behind cherish your spirit, honor your commitment, send their love and will never forget your sacrifice.
For those who mourn the loss of a loved one –
We pray that you feel the peace of God’s love and comfort in your grief. You too have made the ultimate sacrifice. May you keep the memory of your loved one alive through sharing the story of their bravery with all who will listen. We pray that God may give you strength to cope with daily challenges in the absence of your loved ones.
For those who are waiting for a loved one to return home –
Let God’s nurturing love sustain you as you wait for the safe return of your loved one. We pray that God is their constant companion and shield of protection, providing strength during battle and refuge during troubled times. We hope and pray that God guides them home safely.
For those who have survived and come home to us –
We can’t imagine what you’ve been through. We will not forget the sacrifices you’ve made and we owe you our greatest gratitude and absolute respect for your courage and bravery. We pray that you feel tranquility and comfort in your return home. We pray that you may experience peace of mind, healing of body and faith in your protection and care.
For people of all nations around the world –
We pray that all people learn to work together for peace, harmony and justice. May we all overcome hatred and learn to live in peace with good will toward all. We pray that all people hold dearly to belief in the sacredness of life and human rights.
In honor of our fallen soldiers and Memorial Day-
We’d like to share a poem that helps us remember the sacrifices made by our military that should never be made in vain.
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Father Denis O’Brien, United States Marine Corps.