Memorial Day is not just a three day weekend marking the beginning of summer in the United States. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Originally it was started to honor Civil War veterans who had given their lives.
Explore the US Memorial Day website to learn more…
My Vietnam veteran friend sent me an email last month with this link to a wonderful Memorial Day tribute to our servicemen and women and their families. It features the West Point Cadet Glee Club and some very touching video footage. It is well worth the time to watch!
I am grateful there are men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Many false pacifists think if we are just nice to our enemies, they will be nice to us. This is easy for some people in America to think while they sleep safely in their beds at home.
National Day of Prayer May 7
The following was prayed at GM Powertrain Pontiac’s National Day of Prayer observance on May 7, 2015:
Prayer for Military, Police and Firefighters
Heavenly Father, we pray for your divine protection for our troops as they defend our freedom and that of our allies around the world. We pray that they would have courage, act justly and love mercy. Watch over their families during their deployments and other separations. And as King David prayed in Psalm 68, we pray that You in Your holy dwelling would be a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows.
Abraham Lincoln said during the dedication of the Civil War cemetery at Gettysburg, “that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”
We each know servicemen and women. I pray for Ray Nairn, a psychologist who used to work with Navy Seals and now serves as a hospital administrator. We pray that our wounded veterans would get good care, that only healing hands would touch their bodies and minds, and that all veterans would be able to adjust to civilian life and find meaningful work in the private sector.
We pray for the safety of police officers across America, especially those who serve in urban areas. Give them wisdom, good judgment and skill as they strive to keep our communities safe for everyone. We pray for the split-second decisions many of them must face and for mayors, police chiefs and other government leaders to support them.
Keep everyone aware that as the Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, the one in authority is “God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain.”
We pray that they would bear the sword with integrity and fairness toward everyone.
We pray for firefighters and ambulance workers, that you would protect them in traveling to emergencies as well as fighting fires and other disasters, and for all those who would relieve human suffering. We pray that the crimes of arson and drug-related violence would stop through your kind Providence so that their work would not be hindered.
Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” Our military, police and other public safety people never know if they will come home at night, so we ask for Your protection for them and their families.
Lord, we pray for our hurting cities, towns and rural areas. That as Katherine Lee Bates wrote in the last verse of America the Beautiful,
“O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!”
We know, Lord, that you are sovereign over the affairs of people, and we also know that this vision will not occur on this good but fallen world that You have made, but we trust You to work out all things according to Your purposes. We all want the same good things for our country and for the world.
And as a Christian, I pray for these things in the Name of Jesus, my Savior and King. Amen.
As the next speaker comes up, each of us can name aloud a few people we know who serve in the military or public safety. Our voices will be recognized by the King of the universe.
Dale Murrish, May 7, 2015
The pictures above are from the Town Acres subdivision in Troy, Michigan, where neighborhood volunteers set out an American flag on each lawn every Memorial Day weekend to help people remember the holiday’s meaning.
Dale Murrish writes on history, travel, technology, religion and politics for the Troy Patch and USA Melting Pot club. You can help this non-profit club by making your Amazon purchases through the link on their website. You can also read his articles on bicycling or quilting .