Special -- We Remember All Those

Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, began as a commemoration of the ending of World War I on November 11, 1918. After World War II it was recognized as a day to pay tribute to all service members and in 1954 it was designated as Veterans Day.

Litany for Veterans Day

Loving God, the framers of our Declaration of Independence claimed that you have endowed us with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet there are those who would take these from us.

Today we remember all those who have served in our country's armed forces to preserve the freedoms you have granted us, to make it impossible for those who would take away our freedoms from prevailing.

One: For the men and women who serve in the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard,

People: We ask your blessing.

One: For the family members who have made great sacrifices in order to make it possible for their service members to be on watch at home or around the world or to go into harm's way,

People: We ask your blessing.

One: For the families who grieve the death of a member who went in harm's way, never to return,

People: We ask your blessing.

One: Jesus tells us that no one has greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. For all those veterans who have been willing to lay down their lives for us,

People: We ask you blessing.

One: For the veterans of past wars who bear scars in their bodies and spirits,

People: We ask your blessing.

One: For veterans who came home but couldn't "fit in" with their families or communities anymore,

People: We ask you blessing.

One: Keep all our veterans in your care today. Grant them the peace they sought to preserve for others. As we honor our veterans, we also pray for peace. Teach all your people the ways of peace that those who have sacrificed so much for peace and freedom will not have done so in vain. We pray all these things in the name of your son, our savior, Jesus Christ.

People: Amen.

This litany was prepared by Eileen Norrington, ministerial authorization coordinator, Parish Life and Leadership Ministry Team, Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio. Norrington is a twenty-two year veteran of the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps. For more information contact her at norringe@ucc.org.

Copyright 2003 Parish Life and Leadership Ministry Team, Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ, Cleveland. Permission is granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved. Designed and printed by United Church Resources, Local Church Ministries.

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