The Veteran’s Prayer

National Day of Prayer

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Today, in my daily newspaper, a daughter remembered her father, and she remembered his favourite prayer. He was a World War II Veteran, and the husband of my grade 8 teacher. He has been gone but not forgotten for three years. Here is his  favourite prayer—so right for this day of remembrance:

It
is the Veteran, not the preacher,

Who
has given us freedom of religion.

It
is the Veteran, not the reporter,

Who
has given us freedom of the press.

It
is the Veteran, not the poet,

Who
has given us freedom of speech.

It
is the Veteran, not the campus organizer,

Who
has given us freedom to assemble.

It
is the Veteran, not the lawyer,

Who
has given us the right to a fair trial.

It
is the Veteran, not the politician,

Who
has given us the right to vote.

It
is the Veteran, who salutes the Flag

It
is the Veteran, who serves under the Flag.

Eternal
rest grant them, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  AMEN

War—an ugly and harsh word. An ugly and harsh reality. Thank you to those who have fought and are now fighting. The fight for peace is worthy; the toll is heartbreaking.

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17 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Well said. Watching the ceremony from the war memorial, very moving.

  2. Very nice, Lou.

  3. A beautiful poem.

  4. Beautiful. Thank you

  5. Thanks for sharing that – it’s beautiful.

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  8. So true. God bless them all.

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  10. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
    Thank you so much for posting this


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