Memorial Day (formerly known as Decoration Day) is a time for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. The last Monday of May is the designated date for this holiday. Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th Century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service.
Typically family members and veteran organizations visit cemeteries and memorials for the purpose of honoring those who have died in military service. It is customary to place an American flag on each grave in the national cemeteries and on the graves of veterans in local cemeteries.
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Suggested prayers for Memorial Day:
Gracious Lord, we give thanks for the many freedoms that we enjoy. We pray for the families of the men and women who have died in service of our country and ask that you grant to them your Spirit of Comfort and Peace. Watch over them and bless them. Lord in your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.
We pray for the men and women who suffer from the tragedies of military service. Send your Spirit of Healing upon them and heal them in body, mind and spirit. Bless them in their recovery. Be with them in their suffering and keep watch over them. Lord in your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.
For those who suffer from the emotional or mental anguishes of service, we pray for your Spirit of Peace to engulf them. Be with them as they fight their demons – real or imagined and surround them with your Spirit of Protection. Lord in your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.
We lift up to you our men and women in the military and ask that you watch over them and protect them from the evils of this world. Lord in your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.
We pray for the leaders of our nation and ask that you grant them your wisdom and counsel in their leadership. Lord in your Mercy. Hear our Prayer.
- A table where pictures of deceased veterans may be placed by loved ones.
- A basket where the names of deceased veteran are placed. These are carried with the elements and placed on the altar.
- A moment in the prayers of the where the names of deceased veterans may be spoken by loved ones (this can be a group naming with all speaking at once or members can be invited to stand and speak the names one at a time.)
Submitted by Chaplain Kathy Waltz