Good and gracious Lord,
you destroy war and put down earthly pride,
you banish violence from our midst
and wipe away our tears.
On this Memorial Day,
we humbly pray to you God of power and mercy
for those men and women who courageously
laid down their lives
for the cause of freedom.
Bring them safely into your kingdom
of justice and peace to live with you forever.
May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us
the selfless love of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Bless the families of our fallen troops,
and fill their homes and their lives
with your strength, comfort and peace.
Please embolden us to answer the call
to work for lasting peace and true justice,
and thus seek an end to violence and conflict
in the world you created be good,
so that we may all deserve to be called
your sons and daughters.