Armed Forces Day

May 19 is Armed Forces Day, and May is Military Appreciation Month.

I have a deep appreciation for military members and their families. My father served in World War II before I was born. My husband served in the Korean era before I met him. Several of my friends served in Vietnam, and one lost his life there. I helped a ninety-three-year-old World War II veteran publish his memoirs, and I’m working with another vet in his nineties on the story of his World War II experiences. Another client wrote about his experiences as a military brat, and I enjoy listening to friends who grew up in military families talk about about their experiences.

Our country remains free because of the sacrifices of military members and their families. To everyone who has served or is serving this country in military uniform, thank you for your service.  To every spouse and child of a military member, thank you for your sacrifice. All of you have my sincere gratitude.

O LORD God of Hosts, stretch forth, we pray thee, thine almighty arm to strengthen and protect the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines of our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of peace keep them safe from all evil; endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach. Bless those who love them and sacrifice to enable them to serve; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Adapted from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer)

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