Today we pause and pray for all the brave men and women of the United States who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in defense of freedom all over the world. On this day we especially thank the men and women of America, but I would also on this day like to remember my Dad, Bartley. He never served in any of the branches of the armed forces of the United States. However, as a young 16 year old, he joined the Galway Volunteers to fight for the freedom of Ireland against the oppression of the British. Thanks to my Dad and to the thousands of Irish Americans wo have fought and continue the battle to make all Ireland free.
Let us pray:
Gracious and Loving Father
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.
We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives.
May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord’s mighty power to accomplish each task. Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support. In the name of Jesus. Amen
Father Tom O’Donnell, AOH National Chaplain
I spent several hours in Washington, DC, yesterday. During that time I saw literally thousands of those involved in the annual “Rolling Thunder.” There were huge crowds visiting our Nation’s memorials dedicated to those who have given their lives in defense of freedom, insuring our way of life.
But perhaps the most moving tribute of all is the following:
Watch this …
This one is special.
If this does not tear at your heart nothing will. Put aside the day’s clutter, take a moment…. Absolutely one of the best tributes to our military that I’ve ever seen Simply awesome…. After you click on Mansions; do not click on anything else. It will start playing by itself. Sound UP! Full Screen!
J J Kelly
God Bless America
— Being Irish, I have an abiding sense of tragedy which sustains me through temporary periods of joy.
Happy and safe Memorial Day and remember exactly what we are celebrating. If you
go to Mass this morning or just say a morning prayer please remember all those who
fought and died so that we can still be here to celebrate this great holiday.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Let none of us ever forget that Memorial Day is all about remembering those who have paid the ultimate price of sacrificing their lives to protect America’s democracy, freedoms and way of life. Together, let us celebrate the courage of these fallen heroes. Without their unselfish service, our nation could not have long endured the trials and tribulations that we as a nation have had face over the course of our existence.
Today and always, I ask you to remember in your prayers those who are actively serving our country abroad as well as those who have past on to an even greater glory.
God Bless America,
Greg Seán Canning
Florida State President
National FFAI Co-Chairman
Brothers: As all of us are aware, our men and women who have died in service to our country should never be forgotten.
Certainly, we, as grateful Americans, should not see Memorial Day as merely the start of Summer or the occasion for a long weekend.
At the very least, all of us need to take a moment to acknowledge our personal gratitude.
All the best.