This year I am mindful of man I have never met and yet whose life and legacy continues to shape my own. My grandfather, Charles Franklin Denny, jr, died on Okinawa Japan in World War II. I carry on his legacy, I share his monogram, CFD, and so does my son, Charles.
On this Memorial Day, I grieve his death and honor his sacrifice, indeed the sacrifice of his whole family.
Yes, this Memorial Day you will find me playing on the beach with my son, but I will remember the sacrifices made by so many, including my grandfather and my family.
And I will recommit myself to working for peace so that one day there will be no more war and the death that always comes with war.
The below prayer is helpful to me:
In the quiet sanctuaries of our own hearts,
let each of us name and call on the One whose power over us
is great and gentle, firm and forgiving, holy and healing ...
You who created us,
who sustain us,
who call us to live in peace,
hear our prayer this day.
Hear our prayer for all who have died,
whose hearts and hopes are known to you alone ...
Hear our prayer for those who put the welfare of others
ahead of their own
and give us hearts as generous as theirs ...
Hear our prayer for those who gave their lives
in the service of others,
and accept the gift of their sacrifice ...
Help us to shape and make a world
where we will lay down the arms of war
and turn our swords into ploughshares
for a harvest of justice and peace ...
Comfort those who grieve the loss of their loved ones
and let your healing be the hope in our hearts...
Hear our prayer this day
and in your mercy answer us
in the name of all that is holy.
This prayer shared from:. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/memorial-day-prayer_b_868308.html