Not long after 9-11, a Chaplin with the New York Fire Department wrote an editorial for the Wall Street Journal. It was a long time ago and I didn’t keep a copy, so I am paraphrasing.
The Chaplin was in attendance at the Twin Towers on 9-11. As is usual practice, he offered prayers to the firemen as they went to fight the fire. Later, he was thinking about the event and he was struck at the percentage and the attitudes of the Firemen. It seemed to him that, if only subconsciously, they knew that they were going to die. And they went anyway.
On this Memorial Day, I would like to suggest that we all take a moment from our celebrations and offer a short prayer of remembrance and thanks.
“Our Dear Lord,
We ask that you bless the Men and Women who put themselves in harm’s way on our behalf. Please welcome the Fallen into your house and heal their wounds for they have made the ultimate sacrifice as did your son Jesus. We also ask that you give comfort and strength to the loved ones left behind for they have also sacrificed for us.
We are truly blessed by those that serve.
We ask this in the name of your son, Jesus.”
Jon Jewett, Chaplin
American Legion Hunter-Morris Memorial Post 911