Veteran’s Day and Flag Retirement Ceremony. November 11, 2008
Invocation Delivered by Deacon Gregory Burch at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
In the quiet sanctuary of our own hearts, let us pause and name the One we call holy…..
And let us pray….
In every age you set aside men and women to be warriors, for a season of their life, to achieve a purpose. They are called forth from hearth and home to defend the human family from oppression, tyranny and evil. Since our founding as a Nation, conceived in liberty, countless heroes have responded to the call to defend this great country from aggressors and to selflessly liberate those held captive around the globe.
Today we revere all of our veterans: those who rest in honored glory, those who still suffer from the wounds of war, and those, who with us, enjoy the blessings of living in a glorious land of freedom.
God, whose hand reaches to the ends of the earth, we ask you to bless those who have served in the armed forces in a special way today, as well as to touch the families and loved ones of all veterans. Comfort they who grieve for those who gave the last full measure of devotion. Strengthen those who bear physical, spiritual and emotional wounds and stand by all who provide care for them.
As a nation of people ever longing for peace help us to reach out to our brothers and sisters in uniform and in the field so that they may know that it is not just on one day, but everyday, that we honor their sacrifice and the sacrifices made by their families.
Thank you for your gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. May we ever have the will and determination to guarantee these rights to all human kind. In your name this we pray. Amen
Today we have retired with ceremony and dignity the symbol of our nation.
May we never forget what this simple cloth of stars and stripes represents. Each time this flag is hoisted on a pole, and unfurls to a light breeze, it reveals more than color and pattern but tells the story of who we are, what we believe.
May we always honor those fallen patriots, who through our nation’s history served this flag and the land that they loved and the ideal that is America. Let us ever prize the hard won freedom, bought with toil and sacrifice, and use it wisely.
Live your life as if your actions and deeds were judged by those who gave their all for our country. This respect is an honor owed. And by keeping them alive in our hearts we will continue to glorify all that is good about our nation. Veterans we salute you, Veterans we honor you, Veterans we give you our thanks.