On this Memorial Day, I urge you to take some time to reflect on the meaning of the day. Over 650,000 Americans have given their lives in battle from the American Revolution through Global War on Terror. Another 310,000 died in theater but not in combat and 230,000 service members died outside of theaters of war. In total, nearly 1.2 million men and women sacrificed their futures to secure yours. How will you repay this debt?

My Memorial Day Prayer

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In cemeteries, both in the United States and in foreign lands, they rest. Their names chiseled on gravestones as they should be on your heart: a timeless reminder of their dedication. Lest you forget those who died, their names known only to G-d, the vigil of honor marches around-the-clock at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. But how will you remember them?

So today at 4:00 p.m. I will be giving the invocation at the Memorial Day service at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial in Irvine, California. You can read more about this moving tribute to our service members who gave their lives for our freedom at www.northwoodmemorial.com.

Here Is My Memorial Day Prayer

Master of the World, we convene under the canopy of Your eternal grace and ask that You bless these proceedings as we honor our fellow Americans who gave their lives that we might live to continue in Your service.

Humbly we acknowledge that we do not know Your plan. We yearn for the time of permanent peace knowing that You have declared yet there will be a time for war. And so, our hearts feel the grief of loss mingled with pride at their sacrifice.

In trust that the souls of those we commemorate today have been joined with You in Your heavenly abode, we humbly beseech You: Bind up the wounds of we, Your children, here on Earth. Heal us in body, mind, and spirit, that should we, like our honored dead, be called upon to respond to our nation’s call, we will be prepared to do so as faithfully as Your servants who for all time are memorialized here.

Ever mindful that all we are and have is bestowed upon us through Your bounty, we thank You. May the limitlessness of Your domain set the example that inspires our gratitude, as we pray that You will bestow upon us Your most precious gift, that of peace. Amen.

What thoughts or prayers do you have for our honored dead?

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