Monday, May 31, 2010

In Memoriam on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day our country gives thanks to God, and honors the men and women our nation who throughout the years gave of their lives so we could have the freedoms and liberties we now enjoy. Sadly most of us take for granted the incredible sacrifice and dedication that so many individuals willingly gave in the horrors and tumult of war and battle.

This past week I had the privilege of traveling with my wife to Washington D.C. and participating in the graveside funeral service of her uncle, Lt. Col. Allan William Clarke, at Arlington National Cemetery. He was 90 years old and died earlier this year in Naples, Florida. The service was a sober reminder of the preciousness of life, the blessings of our country, and the honor and dedication of the men and women who wear the uniform of our nation.

These pictures are from the service at Arlington. I am walking in the Procession with an incredible and dedicated servant of the Lord, Chaplain Fernadez, who presided at the service.

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women our our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the peoples of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accepts its disciplines. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN. - from the Book of Common Prayer

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