May 25th, Memorial Day, we remember all who have served in our Military Forces, and have passed on. It was called Decoration Day when I was young. We would go the cemetery and place flowers on the graves of loved ones who had served, pray, and remember them, just like we do today.
Here are two beautiful prayers for members of the Armed Forces published in Forward Day by Day issues during WWII.
Blessings and love, Fr. Jack.
For those in the service of our country:
Bless, O God, all who have left their homes to fight for the world's freedom, and those who risk their lives to serve. Give them wisdom, courage, and fidelity to the highest. Let no ordeal separate them
from the love of Christ. Sanctify the strong, uphold the weak, stretch forth thy gracious hand to the dying, in mercy receive the dead. And hasten the coming of godly peace, through the power of the
Holy Spirit, who cometh from thee, O Father, and thee, O Christ, world without end. Amen. (1945)
For the departed:
Almighty Father, who has set within thine own authority the times and seasons which are unknown to us; receive our prayers for thy servants whom death has overtaken in this war. Retain their souls in thy keeping. Pardon all that has been amiss; and draw them nearer and nearer to thyself; for the merits of Jesus Christ our savior. Amen. (1944)