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Special Prayer for Military and Veterans, Plus a Marine 'Legend'
"The warrior who protects innocence and brings justice to evildoers does not bear the sword in vain."
I want to share a prayer with you for Veterans Day.
On Friday, I went to the Marine Corps wreath laying and the 248th birthday ceremony. It rained hard, so the event was shortened (no bands) and the attendees all stood at the base of the Marine Corps War Memorial, known as Iwo Jima. (See my photos and videos at the bottom.)
they have stood guard as sentinels for freedom and all that is good and decent in our world.
It was a very moving event in the downpour.
A special prayer
I was particularly struck by the prayer given by the Chaplain of the Marine Corps, Rear Adm. Carey H. Cash. I asked Capt Kayla Haas, Director, Communication Strategy and Operations for a copy of the prayer so I could share it with you.
While the chaplain wrote this prayer specifically for the Marines’ event, it feels like it can be prayed for all our military and veterans. Here it is:
Your word teaches us that the warrior who protects innocence and brings justice to evildoers does not bear the sword in vain.
He is a servant of others, one in whom love of humanity and a willingness to fight for it resides. We call a few of these men and women, Marines. They are few and they are proud, and for 248 years they have stood guard as sentinels for freedom and all that is good and decent in our world.
Today, O Lord, as we honor the history of our beloved Corps, may we render due thanks to those Marines who’ve gone before us: who fought on foreign beaches, distant shores, in fields of wheat, rugged mountains, vast seas, dense jungles, and contested cities.
Marines have served Thy laws O God by carrying out that sacred duty to protect and defend.
Keep them from every peril; grant them clear eyes and a discerning heart to hold the moral high ground; imbue them with strength to carry on in times of adversity; and give them perseverance to withstand any attack by those who might wish them or this nation harm.
Thank you O Lord for our Marines: from the youngest Private to our most seasoned leaders. May each of them this day, and the families who support them, know the thanks of a grateful nation and the reward of having done Your will in the providential time and place to which You’ve called them.
(Part of the prayer on video is below but a little blurry.)
A Marine “Legend”
Also, I had chills when one Marine belted out the hymn loudly in the rain, which encouraged others to sing.
I posted the video (above) on Twitter and got several replies from Marines who know him.
Sergeant Major Dorsey - Marine Barracks Washington - LEGEND
The truth Sgt. Maj Dorsey is is always setting the example for Marines to emulate. Absolutely the best.
That’s my sergeant major !!!!
I’d love to learn more about this “legend” at Marine Barracks Washington, don’t you?
Below are some more photos and videos from the ceremony. This happens every year on Nov. 10 at the Marine War Memorial. I encourage you to attend if you’re in the D.C. area.
Happy Veterans Day to those who have served in our military and defended our country. As the prayer says, may you “know the thanks of a grateful nation.”
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