Invocation for the Dedication of a Military Monument

7 10 2013

Tomorrow I will be a part of a ceremony that will dedicate a monument at a local high school that lost 3 of their young men in Vietnam. Perhaps this could be a template for others in a dedication ceremony.

Pastor Dave

Almighty God, Our heavenly Father, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. We have a wonderful history of a people who ran to you in time of storm and you became a shelter. You have truly blessed America and we gratefully acknowledge your grace, supply, and freedom. We also acknowledge that in this fallen world, evil rises up to challenge our resolve to hold on to our liberty. Time and again you have used men and women as they stood in the gap to resist evil. Many have given their days, some have given their lives. May they rest in peace.

Gracious God, you have been faithful yet we have been forgetful. Forgive us that it only takes one generation to forget the names of those who gave their last full measure of devotion. They become a mere statistic, a faceless casualty.  Today we stand united to stop this tendency of apathy. We forever enshrine the names of Charles Brown, James Prommersberger, and Darryl Dombroski. We vow to not forget their sacrifice; that they not die in our often distracted memory.

We come with profound gratefulness as we dedicate this monument forever sitting on hallowed ground.  We pledge to treat it with dignity and every once in a while to stop and bow our heads and remember. God, bless this ceremony of honor. God, bless America.

We ask this in the name of our God and Savior,

Amen

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