| Memorial Day Chaplain's Prayer
OPENING PRAYER BY MILITARY CHAPLAIN AT OFFICIAL U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
DEFENSE MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, MAY
"God of our fathers, whose Almighty Hand has protected our
nation, secured our liberties and blessed our people, on this sacred
ground we bow in humble gratitude for the gift of
freedom, of life and of service to others.
"Surely your goodness and your mercies have followed us all
the days of our lives, but on this day we pause to remember that
our blessings and our liberties and our rights have been secured
at great sacririce to others.
These gifts we treasure, knowing they
are ours because of the valor of these fallen heroes and those at
eternal rest throughout our nation and the free world. O God help
us to be good stewards of our inheritance.
"We also lift our prayers on behalf of our nation's men and
women who have pledged their lives to defend our values against
the evils of terrorism. Give them courage, perseverance and moral
clarity in the midst of a complex and dangerous environment. Protect
them by your might, great God our King.
"We ask you to console and strengthen those who mourn the
loss of their loved one. May this memorial service be an appropriate
tribute to honor the valor and the sacrifices made by these and
by all generations of Americans.
"We ask your divine blessings be upon your servant, our commander-in-chief,
George W. Bush. Through his leadership and the leadership of those
who serve with him, guide this one nation under God in clear paths
toward liberty and justice for all.
"We pray for peace in the gentle name of the Prince of Peace.
We pray for victory and security in the mighty name of the Lord
of Hosts. And we pray for personal and national redemption in the
gracious name of our Redeemer and our Savior, Amen."