This is Memorial Day….a day to remember…
To remember his life-giving cross and the hope of the Resurrection;
To remember all who have died, and especially those we have loved us;
To remember the men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion to a country founded on the God-given liberty of its citizens:
The Brighton farmer who once picked up his musket to defend his family and consecrate the ground of a new nation with his blood;
The young son of Brighton who died in a battlefield far from home that his nation might be safe from fascist tyrannies across two great oceans;
The young people of our community who still lay down their lives at our service across the globe.
We remember them, and we beg God to reward their for their heroism, their self-sacrifice and their love of us and our country and all for which it stands.
Just as we beg God to lead gently home to himself all who have died, and especially those buried in this place and especially those whose memory still aches in our hearts.
Forgive their sins, O Lord, and lead them home to a place of eternal refreshment, light and peace. And help us never to forget: the love, the sacrifice and lives who have touched us, who give us courage and who have made us who we are.