Merciful God, we are gathered together this special fall day to honor America’s Veterans… especially those who 50 years ago began answering our nation’s call to the Vietnam War.
They answered that call, or draft letter, from varied circumstances: while among family, friends, school halls, farm fields, enterprises, arts and athletic aspirations. They were asked to risk all for the sake of freedom, to intervene for a country which could no longer defend itself from the atrocities taking hold in the North.
Precious was the gift of life they gave in Vietnam. For the 58,220 who gave all, we stop and grieve their departure… We thank you for the priceless gift of their lives.
For the multiplied thousands who continue on, grieving their absence, we ask you to comfort, heal and bring joy.
You showed us that “no greater love has anyone than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friend.” So for those dreams cut short in jungle heat, prolonged rainy days and fighting nights… we dream again. Render your aid to us in this endeavor, especially upon disabled and wounded veterans, fill them with new strength; and for the missing, that they be found.
We want to work for the cause of justice, peace, and freedom, especially for the weak. Help us Oh God. In this way we can honor you & bless these fallen and bless the beautiful country, America, for whom they gave their last breath.
In the Holy name of Jesus Christ, I pray, amen.