Memorial Day

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — 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 — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. – From the Gettysburg Address

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On this Memorial Day, we pray for all military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

O God of spirits and of all flesh,
Who hast trampled down death
and overthrown the Devil,
and given life to Thy world,
do Thou, the same Lord,
give rest to the souls
of Thy departed servants
in a place of brightness,
a place of refreshment,
a place of repose,
where all sickness, sighing,
and sorrow have fled away.
Pardon every transgression
which they have committed,
whether by word or deed or thought.
For Thou art a good God
and lovest mankind;
because there is no man who lives
yet does not sin,
for Thou only art without sin,
Thy righteousness is to all eternity,
and Thy word is truth.
For Thou are the Resurrection,
the Life, and the Repose of Thy servants
who have fallen asleep,
O Christ our God,
and unto Thee we ascribe glory,
together with Thy Father,
who is from everlasting,
and Thine all-holy, good,
and life-creating Spirit,
now and ever unto ages of ages.
Amen.

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