This Memorial Day at 3PM local time, pause for a National Moment of Remembrance. This moment of silence is to remember and honor all those who have died serving our country. Our U.S. flag flies at half-staff for the first half of the day and then is raised to full height from noon to sundown on Memorial Day. This special custom honors our war dead in the morning and when the flag is raised, honors our living veterans.
This prayer was specially written for the National Moment of Remembrance.
You loved humankind into being
and you bless us now with each precious moment of life.
Our hearts are grateful for your loving faithfulness.
Grateful, too, are we for the millions of loving acts
that blossom from human hearts around us every day
On this Memorial Day
help us to remember, with deepest gratitude and awe,
the extraordinary men and women who, out of love, gave their lives
to protect our beloved country and preserve our liberty.
Keep these fallen heroes in your loving care.
Help us to be ever mindful also of the wounded heroes in our midst
who, with valorous hearts, risked their lives that we might prosper
and that our children’s futures be secured.
Prayer written by
Rev. Lawrence Madden, S.J.