On This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to remember those men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedom.  The following is a list of those American men and women who died in Afghanistan during the past year.  Please join me in praying for them and their loved ones. If you would like to add anyone to the list please add them in the comments.  God Bless.

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Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God our Father, whose Son forgave his enemies while he was suffering shame and death: Strengthen those who suffer for the sake of conscience; when they are accused, save them from speaking in hate; when they are rejected, save them from bitterness; when they are imprisoned, save them from despair; and to us your servants, give grace to respect their witness and to discern the truth, that our society may be cleansed and strengthened. This we ask for the sake of Jesus Christ, our merciful and righteous Judge. Amen.

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day our brothers and sisters in the military who laid down their lives for us. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

5/17/14    Adrian M. Perkins, 19, U. S. Army, California
5/13/14    Martin R Barreras, 49, U. S. Army, Arizona
5/11/14    Deric M. Rasmussen, 33, U. S. Army, California
4/28/14   Christian J. Chandler, 20, U. S. Army, Texas
4/28/14   Shawn M. Farrell II, 24, U. S. Army, New York
4/15/14    Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, U. S. Army, Texas
4/1/14      James E. Chaffin III, 27, U. S. Army, South Carolina
2/28/14   David L. Poirier, 52, U.S. Air Force, Rhode Island
2/28/14   Caleb L. Erickson, 20, U.S. Marine, Minnesota
2/15/14    Aaron C. Torian, 36, U. S. Marine, Kentucky
2/12/14    John A. Pelham, 22, U. S. Army, Oregon
2/12/14    Roberto C. Skelt, 41, U. S. Army, Florida
2/10/14    Christopher A. Landis, 27, U. S. Army, Kentucky
2/10/14    Joshua A. Gary, 21, Kentucky
1/20/14    Edward Balli, 42, U. S. Army, California
1/17/14     Andrew H. Sipple, 22, U. S. Army, North Carolina
1/15/14     Daniel Tyler Lee, 28, U. S. Army, Tennessee
1/10/14     Drew M. Scobie, 25, U. S. Army National Guard, Hawaii
1/10/14     Andrew L. McAdams, 27, U. S. Army National Guard, Wyoming
1/4/14       William K. Lacey, 38, U. S. Army, Florida
1/1/14        Jacob M. Hess, 22. U. S. Marine. Washington
12/27/13   David I. Lyon, 28, U. S. Air Force, Idaho
12/23/13   Daniel M. Vasselian, 27, U. S. Marine, Massachusetts
12/17/13    Randy L. Billings, 34, U. S. Army, Oklahoma
12/17/13    Joshua B. Silverman, 35, U. S. Army, Arizona
12/17/13    Peter C. Bohler, 29, North Carolina
12/17/13    Omar W. Forde, 28, U. S. Army, Georgia
12/17/13    Terry K. D. Gordon, 22, U. S. Army, Mississippi
12/17/13    Jesse L. Williams, 30, U. S. Army, Indiana
12/11/13    James L. Smith, 38 U. S. Navy, Texas
12/11/13    Matthew R. Rodriguez, 19, U. S. Marine, Massachusetts
11/17/13     Alex A. Viola, 29, U.S. Army, Texas
11/13/13    Richard L. Vazquez, 28, U. S. Army, Texas
11/3/13      Forrest W. Robertson, 35, U. S. Army, Kansas
10/20/13   Christopher O. Grant, 20
10/18/13    Lyle D. Turnbull, 31, U. S. Army, Virginia
10/13/13    Patrick H. Quinn, 26, U. S. Army, Pennsylvania
10/6/13     Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, U. S. Army, California
10/6/13     Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, U. S. Army, Pennsylvania
10/6/13     Joseph M. Peters, 24, U. S. Army, Missouri
10/6/13     Cody J. Patterson, 24, U. S. Army, Oregon
10/5/13     Angel L. Lopez, 27, U. S. Army, Ohio
10/5/13     Jeremiah M. Collins, 19, U.S. Marine, Wisconsin
9/26/13    Thomas A. Baysore Jr., 31, U. S. Army, Pennsylvania
9/22/13    Jonathan S. Gibson, 32, U.S. Navy, Oregon
9/22/13    Landon L. Jones, 35, U.S. Navy, California
9/21/13     Liam J. Nevins, 32, U. S. Army, Colorado
9/21/13     Timothy R. McGill, 30, U. S. Army, New Jersey
9/21/13     Joshua J. Strickland, 23, U. S. Army, Georgia
9/20/13    James T. Wickliffchacin, 22, U. S. Army, Oklahoma
9/19/13     William D. Brown III, 44, U. S. Army, North Carolina
9/13/13     Robert E. Thomas Jr., 24, U. S. Army, California
9/5/13       Todd J. Lobraico Jr., 22, U. S. Air Force, Connecticut
8/31/13     Joshua J. Bowden, 28, U. S. Army, Georgia
8/28/13    Michael H. Ollis, 24, U. S. Army, New York
8/28/13    Ricardo D. Young, 34, U. S. Army, Arkansas
8/26/13    Jason Togi, 24, U. S. Army, American Samoa
8/23/13    Kenneth Clifford Alvarez, 23, U. S. Army, California
8/23/13    Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, 20, U. S. Army, Missouri
8/20/13    George A. Banner Jr., 37, U.S. Army, Virginia
8/11/13     Jamar A. Hicks, 22, U. S. Army, Arkansas
8/11/13     Keith E. Grace Jr., 26, U. S. Army, Texas
8/11/13     Octavio Herrera, 26, U. S. Army, Idaho
8/6/13      Nickolas S. Welch, 26, U. S. Army, Oregon
7/30/13    Nicholas B. Burley, 22, U. S. Army, California
7/28/13    Stephen M. New, 29, U. S. Army, Tennessee
7/27/13     Eric T. Lawson, 30, U. S. Army, Georgia
7/27/13     Caryn E. Nouv, 29, U. S. Army, Virginia
7/23/13     Jonam Russell, U. S. Army, Arizona
7/23/13     Stefan M. Smith, 24, U. S. Army, Georgia
7/23/13     Rob L. Nichols, 24, U. S. Army, Colorado
7/22/13     Anthony R. Maddox, 22, U. S. Army, Texas
7/16/13      Sonny C. Zimmerman, 25, U. S. Army, Ohio
7/14/13      Benjamin W. Tuttle, 19, U. S. Marine, Arkansas
7/4/13        Errol D.A. Milliard, 18, U. S. Army, Alabama
7/3/13        Tracy L. Stapley, 44, U. S. Army, Utah
7/2/13        Hilda I. Clayton, 22, U. S. Army, Georgia
6/28/13     Justin R. Rogers, 25, U.S. Army, New York
6/23/13     Corey E. Garver, 25
6/23/13     Javier Sanchez Jr., 28, U. S. Army, California
6/19/13     Justin R. Johnson, 25, U. S. Army, Florida
6/19/13     Ember M. Alt, 21, U. S. Army, South Carolina
6/19/13     Robert W. Ellis, 21, U. S. Army, Washington
6/19/13     William R. Moody, 30, U. S. Army, Texas
6/16/13     Jared W. Brown, 20, U. S. Marine, Florida
6/10/13     Jesse L. Thomas Jr., 31, U. S. Army, Florida
6/8/13       Jaimie E. Leonard, 39, U. S. Army, New York
6/8/13       Todd J. Clark, 40, U. S. Army, New York
6/3/13       Justin L. Sisson, 23, U.S. Army, Arizona
6/3/13       Robert A. Pierce, 20, U.S. Army, Oklahoma
6/2/13       Sean W. Mullen, 39, U.S. Army, Delaware
6/1/13       Kyle P. Stoeckli, 21, U.S. Army, Virginia
6/1/13       Ray A. Ramirez, 20, US Army, California
6/1/13       Mariano M. Raymundo, 21, U.S. Army, Texas
5/30/13    Joe A. Nunezrodriguez, 29, U. S. Army, California

Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

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2 responses to “On This Memorial Day

  1. Thank you for posting this. May their families find grace in the midst of their great loss.

  2. Suggestion – google a name on this list. Their stories are heartbreaking. I googled Hilda Clayton and found that she died in a non-combat situation, during a training session with the Afghan forces that will take over when we leave. She died (working as a military photographer, documenting the training) with four Afghan soldiers as a mortar misfired. My prayers are with/for all of them. May they rest in peace and rise in glory!

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