we remember those who have served our nation
and died to protect
and defend our freedom.
Help us never to forget them
and their efforts to keep us safe.
We honor those who were in combat,
and returned home safely.
May they know our thankfulness.
We honor those in the service who supported
our military behind the front lines.
May they know our gratitude.
We pray for those whose bodies and spirits
are ravaged by war,
whose memories cannot forget the
brutality war inflicts upon others,
whose pain is too deep for others to touch.
Help us find ways to reach out
to our brothers and sisters who have returned from war
and are in psychic pain
so they may know they are important to us.
May we come to know their pain
and be in solidarity with them so
they will not take their own lives.
We pray for those who are in combat today.
Shield them from danger
and bring them home safely and soon.
May we all work to end all wars
and establish a lasting peace
that is built on justice, charity, and mutual understanding.
Help us to live in hope
that your kingdom of heaven
can reign here on earth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.