I am well aware of the toll, blood, and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means. --John Adams
Eternal God, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy.
Lift the hearts of those for whom this holiday is not just diversion, but painful memory of their loved ones who have died performing selfless acts in service to their country.
Lord, help us to remember with compassion those heroes who are no longer with us, in our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers.
Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.