May 26

Memorial Day

Reflection

“According to tradition this is a day to remember those who have fallen in US wars.  The stated goals of these wars were peace, democracy, freedom and justice. But what has really happened?  In spite of all the wars that have taken thousands of our soldiers and millions of innocents, especially children, the world is still at war and people everywhere suffer unjust political systems where there is no freedom.

Why has all this blood been spilled?  To show us that war is not the way to the noble ideals for which many have died.  On this day i invite you to reflect on how to honor these lost souls by working through non-violence for real peace and justice.”

Fernando Suarez del Solar

Prayer

O Lord, lead us with our sister nations into a world of unity that will create real peace.  Comfort those who have lost their loved ones in war.

Action

This day I will remember all those who have lost their lives in war. I will hold them and those they left behind in gratitude and continue to grieve their dying. I will continue my efforts to live nonviolently and promote and support nonviolent solutions to differences. I will not buy products or support entertainment that fosters violence.

Suggested Reading

Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Matthew 26:52

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
Abraham Lincoln

America! America! May God shed his grace on thee, and make of us one family, from sea to shining sea.
Katherine Lee Bates

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Today, we pause to remember our fallen troops, to mourn their loss, and to pray for their loved ones. Though our hearts ache, we find a measure of solace in knowing their legacy lives on in the families our heroes left behind — the proud parents who instilled in their sons and daughters the values that led them to serve; the remarkable spouses who gave our Nation the person they cherished most in the world; and the beautiful children who will grow up with the knowledge that their mother or father embodied the true meaning of patriotism. To those we lost, we owe a profound debt that can never be fully repaid. But we can honor the fallen by caring for their loved ones and keeping faith with our veterans and their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.

The security that lets us live in peace, the prosperity that allows us to pursue our dreams, the freedom that we cherish — these were earned by the blood and the sacrifices of patriots who went before. This Memorial Day, as we near the end of more than a decade of war, let us never forget their service and always be worthy of the sacrifices made in our name. And today and every day, let us pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.
Barack Obama 2014

 

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