Good and gracious God,
we call upon your name and your love
as we gather to honor and remember
the service of so many men and women
on this Veterans' Day.
We read in scripture that
there is no greater love than to lay down
ones life for another.
Those we honor today
gave their service to the cause of peace
by placing themselves in service to others,
and in so many cases, literally,
they gave the last full measure of devotion.
For their service we are grateful ...
In their example we are inspired ...
By their sacrifice we are blessed ...
and through them the cause of peace is enhanced
and the greatness of this nation is recognized.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
originally marked the end of
"the war to end all wars."
If only that would have been the case.
But the cause of peace
is one of the noblest goals for nations ...
and those who serve that cause
are good stewards of the virtues and values
entrusted to this great nation.
May our celebration here today
reflect our admiration and respect
for our veterans.