May is Military Appreciation Month. While Veterans Day honors those who have previously served in the military and Memorial Day honors those who have died in military service, Military Appreciation Month honors those who serve today in the military as well as those who have served in the past, including those died in service.
As Americans, we often take our freedoms for granted and forget that without our military, we could easily lose our freedoms. Those who join the military risk their lives to protect our country. It is fitting that we take some time to honor and thank them for their service.
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; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.1928 Book of Common Prayer