Memorial Day 2009

This morning’s Mass was celebrated to honor those who died for our Nation.  Fr. Michael de Palma reminded us that in the Mass we remember the sacrifice of Jesus who willing died for each and everyone of us.  He said, not all men who die in our country’s wars are openly religious men.  What can be said is that they are spiritual, a reflection of Christ in their willingness to risk and possibly sacrifice their lives.  They shoulder many burdens for all of us, often living out their lives under the most horrific circumstances for the cause of our life, liberty and freedom.

It is entirely fitting that we now remember all of these who in going to battle are actually drawn to the ways of peace.  In actuality they long to return to home, family and that peace for which they are willing to die.  We remember and honor not only them, but their loved ones, who shared in their sacrifice and are the unseen, silence heroes, carrying-on, praying and watching for their return.  Fr. de Palma also remembered the chaplains, who bring God to the side of service men and women and in difficult times and circumstances call to their minds the God who is always present, always merciful and Whose Arms open wide to receive them.

H/T Ed Morrisey for: A memorial you may not have seen

Michelle Malkin leads with giving thanks:

Taps

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

Thanks to Nice Deb for sharing this for the true meaning of Memorial Day:

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